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Enterprise data exposed by low server replication rates

Simon Quicke

Enterprises are failing to replicate enough of the mission critical server estate leaving themselves open to costly losses when they suffer outages.

Despite the opportunity to use virtualisation to replicate the infrastructure the second annual Veeam report into enterprise data strategy discovered that only 26% of critical servers were being replicated.

The research from the virtualisation specialist priced the hourly downtime of the remaining 74% of servers at $436,189 per hour. With the average recovery time at four hours the sum for a major outage reaches the dizzy heights of $1.7m.

Although there seemed to be awareness among the customer base around the benefits of server replication, with protection from data loss at hardware failure at the top of the list there were some hurdles holding people back.

Inevitably cost and complexity were two of the main reasons why firms had not extended server replication with 79% using the current tools at their disposal for disaster recovery.

Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam Software, said that with virtualisation on offer to help drive down server replication costs the expectation would be that more firms would be taking advantage of it, "However, this is simply not the case".

"From our perspective the key issue uncovered in our 2010 study remains in 2011: the physical world mindset is being applied to virtualisation. This limits not only the true potential of the technology, but also enterprise efforts to improve data protection strategies," he said.


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