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Most Malaysian organisations not able to recover lost data

AvantiKumar | July 3, 2012
According to a new survey, 87 percent of businesses in Malaysia are not very confident of recovering their data following a disaster: EMC

Shane Moore - EMC

PHOTO - Shane Moore, director  APJ backup and recovery system, EMC.

A survey of 2,500 companies in Asia Pacific and Japan includes the finding that 87 percent of Malaysian businesses may not be able to recover lost data after a disaster, according to IT solutions firm EMC.

The 'The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan' findings also showed that 69 percent of Malaysian organisations surveyed have lost data and/or suffered systems downtime in the last year, according to EMC director, APJ backup and recovery system, Shane Moore.

Moore said the primary causes of data loss and downtime for Malaysia organisations were cited as hardware failure (51 percent) data corruption (51 percent) and loss of power (50 percent).

"Forty (40) percent of Malaysian organisations said that loss of employee productivity is the most likely consequence of downtime," he said. "Also, 43 percent of Malaysian organisations who store a backup copy offsite for disaster recovery still use tape for recovery, and 35 percent still use CD ROM (although 61 percent now use disk-based storage)."

"Sixty-one (61) percent of businesses in Malaysia are already using modern disk-based backup and recovery solutions," said Moore. "This trend looks set to increase, with 80 percent of tape-using organisations looking to move beyond tape."

He said the top three reasons for this planned move are:

1. Faster backups, said 40 percent of respondents
2. Speed of data recovery and system restores (38 percent)
3. Durability (disk-based methods have a longer lifespan), said 31 percent of respondents, while the total cost of ownership (TCO) was cited by 31 percent.

"Asia Pacific and Japan is not immune to the uncertain economic times facing the rest of the world," said Moore. "Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever for businesses to ensure that they are protected against systems downtime and data loss or they are to withstand the damaging effects of loss of productivity and revenue. By establishing a well thought-out and strategic approach to backup and recovery that uses the next-generation solutions available today, businesses can withstand the consequences of day-to-day outages as well as more serious incidents, while reducing the total cost of ownership of their backup systems."

Commissioned by EMC and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne, they interviewed 2,500 IT decision-makers in private and public sector organisations in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Each organisation ranged between 250 and 3,000-plus employees and represented a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail, financial services and telecoms, among others.


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