In January, 2011 Aberdeen conducted a survey on the deployment of data backup and recovery practices, exploring the challenges faced, strategies employed, and ultimately the tangible business and operational benefits organizations have achieved as a result of these initiatives. Representatives from a diverse group of 173 organizations responded. Aberdeen cut the responses by enterprise size and looked to see how small businesses and large enterprises differ in how they back up and recover lost data. These organizations differ strongly, for example:
* Ninety percent (90%) of small enterprises backup their data daily or less frequently. Forty two percent (42%) of large enterprises answered that they back up data every few hours or shorter. * More than two-thirds of large enterprises (69%) need to recover data on a weekly or daily basis. Almost half of small companies (49%) reported they must recover data only quarterly or rarely. * Application failure was cited by 85% of large companies, making it the number one cause of data loss. For small companies, the causes for data loss were more localized. Power loss was the single largest cause, cited by 48% of small enterprises.
How a company protects their data and what tools they select to manage the process is very dependent on their overall size. Organizations would be wise to examine the tools and technologies companies of their size are using for their data backup and recovery program.