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A third of data is lost by Indian enterprises due to disruptions: Report

CIO India | Nov. 15, 2016
Hardware failures account for more than 50 percent of disruptions.

A third of data is lost by Indian enterprises due to disruptions: Report

In a study conducted by Zerto and Ovum among Asia-Pacific organisations including India, it was found that Indian enterprises lose an average of 37% data during disruptions and power outages. 53% of which was attributed to IT hardware failures.

Over 50% of Indian enterprises today have a formal disaster recovery programme in place to protect their enterprises while a third of the CIO's surveyed have multiple disaster recovery sites to back them up. 

An overwhelming 83% of the respondents are keen on housing their disaster recovery sites spread in India itself with over 31% Indian enterprises considering cloud based solutions for disaster recovery as an option.

It was also found that 57% of the respondents committed to cloud architecture infrastructure as their focus areas when it comes to datacentre spends and investment opportunities. 

The report, 'New catalysts setting the pace for disaster recovery initiatives' analyses the findings of a survey that interviewed 400 enterprises from eight countries in the region: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. The biggest causes of disruption are natural disaster (55%) and IT hardware failure (55%), followed by power failure (45%) and network failure (43%).  

Across Asia Pacific, 72% of organisations experienced at least an hour of data loss after a disruption, with 33% experiencing a loss of one to five hours of data, making it the largest group of enterprises. For those who missed their recovery expectations, 78% of organisations missed by less than 60 minutes for mission-critical applications. For non-mission-critical applications, that proportion was 64%

"The findings of this report show that no company is immune to a potential outage or disaster and in the event this does strike, the first few minutes are critical to recovering as quickly as possible," said Andrew Martin, managing director, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Zerto. "Organisations across the Asia-Pacific region need the ability to revert back to minutes before an outage, ensuring they have up to date resources and files. This is how disaster recovery plans really need to evolve to an IT resilience strategy to avoid not only down time but the risk of brand damage and potential customer loss. IT resilience ensures that from a customer or end-user perspective, there is no interruption to service."

Expectations from customers have risen and additional regulatory requirements have been tightened, compelling enterprises to include disaster recovery as one of their top strategic data centre priorities. Disaster recovery software is now a top concern for many enterprises, with more than 45% of enterprises in Asia-Pacific mentioning it as a top data centre investment priority, ranking it third behind cloud architecture and infrastructure and security. 


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