SMEs adopt new technologies in disaster preparedness

June 19, 2012 | 09:43
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Symantec Corp has announced the findings of its 2012 Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) Disaster Preparedness Survey.

The global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions discovered that disaster preparedness is closely connected with SMBs adoption of technologies like virtualisation, cloud computing and mobility.

The survey also revealed how willing SMBs are in adopting these technologies, often with improved disaster preparedness as a goal.

“Today’s SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge, but also allows them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on,” said Alex Ong, senior country manager, Symantec Vietnam.

“SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical. Technologies such as virtualisation, cloud computing, and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops,” said Ong.  

The survey pointed out main highlights relating to the traction of SMBs to virtualisation, cloud and mobility.

The survey shows the importance of embracing innovation to better respond to challenges. In order for businesses to best take advantage of this opportunity to improve disaster preparedness, Symantec recommends taking the following actions - start planning now, implement strategic technologies, protect information and review and test disaster preparedness.

“Develop a disaster preparedness plan must be started from today. Evaluate how strategic technologies such as mobile, virtualisation and cloud can help in those efforts,” said the survey.

Meanwhile, SMBs must adopt integrated cloud backup for offsite storage and disaster recovery, and automated physical to virtual backup conversion so they can recover their physical  system to a virtual machines  in case of a server failure.

By Bich Ngoc

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