According to a recent survey conducted by Acronis, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) around the world are planning to adopt server virtualization in 2012 at a faster pace than large enterprises. However, the survey also identified widespread backup and disaster recovery shortcomings for virtual servers amongst SMBs.
IT managers at 6,000 SMBs in 18 countries were surveyed for the Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index 2012. They predict that 29% of their servers will be virtualized by the end of the year, a growth rate of 21%. This is 50% higher than the pace identified in a recent Gartner report that predicted virtualization adoption by enterprises is to increase by 14% over the same period.
Bill Taylor-Mountford, President, Asia-Pacific, Acronis, said, “Virtualization has become more affordable and relatively easy for SMBs to implement – the high growth rate of virtualization adoption should not be a surprise. Since protecting data is a fundamental requirement and a best practice for any business of any size today, it is particularly disappointing that VMs get overlooked. Some businesses are potentially playing Russian roulette with their virtual backups and, if their luck runs out, will face very real consequences that may adversely impact their business.”