SME’s have started to implement disaster recovery programmes

Once overlooked by smaller businesses, disaster recovery programmes are becoming more important as SME’s realise the importance of business continuance in cases of natural disaster or occurrences of data loss. Smaller companies do tend to have an inconsistent approach to disasters as they concentrate on their day to day processes.

A 2012 survey from Symantec emphasizes this point. Website MicroScope.co.uk reported that The Disaster Preparedness Survey found that increasing awareness of disaster planning is linked to the acceptance of relatively new technologies such as cloud computing and virtual technologies.

Over 40% are using either public or private clouds while another 30% take advantage of virtual servers or mobile technology. Indications are that disaster recovery applications offered by these applications make it more likely for SME’s to adopt cloud technology.

Symantec’s Steve Cullen explains that SME’s need business continuance so efficient recovery from technology disaster is critical. Cullen, senior vice president of marketing goes on to say that businesses need to be prepared for all kinds of disasters; from natural events like floods and earthquakes, through to theft and accidental damage.

In a report from Chennelnomics, Monica Girolami, Symantec’s head of SME marketing says the company wanted to determine trends towards these emerging technologies and to see whether they were contributing to an uptake in disaster recovery planning. Generally, SME’s are more likely to be less prepared for disaster, but the new technologies are allowing them to take a more responsible attitude towards their overall infrastructure.