Study: Cloud Offers Viable Alternative to Traditional BDR Solutions
A new survey from Axcient and Dimensional Research revealed that the majority of IT professionals recognize the value of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offerings, but most respondents said they are not currently using these solutions.
The survey of 453 IT professionals from the U.S. and Canada showed that 89 percent of respondents said they see value in cloud-based BDR offerings, but only one-third said they are using these solutions.
Researchers also found that 90 percent of respondents said they are using multiple BDR tools, and 91 percent noted that using multiple BDR tools “causes issues.”
“Complete protection and recovery is imperative for all companies, regardless of size,” Diane Hagglund, Dimensional Research’s senior research analyst, said in a prepared statement. “Given the staggering complexity and limitation of traditional on-premise backup and recovery solutions, there is clear value in fully transitioning to a single, comprehensive cloud-based solution.”
Other survey results included:
- 79 percent of respondents said they have had a major IT failure within the past two years, and only 7 percent said they were confident that they could recover operations within two hours of an IT failure.
- 71 percent said they believe using multiple backup tools can increase risk.
- Benefits cited for cloud-based BDR solutions included faster recovery time after a disaster (53 percent), less IT time spent on backup and recovery tasks (50 percent), immediate access to applications and data in the event of a disaster (45 percent), ability to fully recover (44 percent) and overall cost reduction (36 percent).
“Although cloud-based backup and recovery is still early in adoption, the recovery market is ripe for innovation, and cloud is the next frontier. I look forward to seeing how this market grows in the coming years,” Hagglund added.
Cloud-based BDR solutions market is growing
Asigra and IDC researchers also noted that CSPs that decide to offer BDR solutions could boost their profits and extend their reach over the next few years.
“A service provider can offer cloud backup and recovery services for specific applications and/or hosted infrastructures. Offering cloud backup and recovery services is a venture that has plenty of short-term and long-term opportunities,” researchers wrote in their report.