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Backup budgets remain tight

Simon Quicke

Budgets for backup and disaster recovery will remain tight this year leaving most firms having to cope with what they describe as satisfactory data protection.

Research from Frontier Technology revealing the budget situation can be added to recent findings from Symantec which highlighted a small but worrying number of SMEs were not backing up at all to produce a rather disturbing picture of the state of disaster recovery investment.

The Frontier survey of business continuity and senior managers found that not only will budgets remain tight but a quarter were expecting to cut the size of their IT teams and were looking at virtualisation and cloud as ways to reduce cost.

"In terms of efficiency, firms feel as if their IT services are satisfactory. Back-up routine, security and disaster recovery, perhaps the most critical services were those flagged as the least efficient," stated Frontier.

"The majority of UK firms were driven by budget rather than their requirements and efficiency needs in 2010 and this trend will stay the same in 2011," it added.


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