Centennial, Colorado – (The Hosting News) – October 6, 2006 –
Hosting and managed services for small to midsized companies and partner firm, Verio, conducted a survey of small and midsized business customers in July 2006 to identify current business impacts, risks and practices surrounding data backup and storage practices. In addition, Verio launched a managed PC Data Backup solution to small and midmarket customers earlier this year.
The results of the survey found that 45 percent of small business and home office respondents who actively use computers, have no data recovery plan in place for information stored on PCs, and 33 percent who do have a plan, are storing data in ways that still leave it susceptible.
Although data protection and backup services are a top priority for small businesses over the next 18 months, small businesses admit they currently leave themselves vulnerable to data loss and the high costs associated with recovery.
Kiyoshi Maeda, President and CEO for Verio opined, ”Given the affordability and easy deployment of some of today’s PC data backup and recovery solutions, it’s surprising that such a large number of small businesses leave their data exposed and at risk. Many of these businesses continue to learn the difficult lesson that storing customer data, financials and other information on PCs often falls short, and that protecting themselves with an affordable, fully managed solution can be cost-effective, quick to deploy and easy to maintain.”
According to the findings, 70 percent of small businesses reported that a single incidence of data loss would be considered significant and costly. Fifty-three percent of respondents have already experienced an actual loss of information that was stored on a PC, with 64 percent indicating data loss due to something as common as a hard drive crash. The survey indicated that the vast majority of small businesses don’t know how to protect themselves, with only nine percent of small businesses saying they are familiar with business continuity and disaster recovery solutions.
Small business employees are more likely than ever to be connected to a network, and the constant threat of viruses, file corruption, accidental deletion and theft puts businesses at risk. Small and midsized businesses have already indicated that customer information is the most valuable type of information stored on their PC and with nearly 75 percent of small business employees using PCs on a regular basis, the need for small businesses to protect their critical customer data has become clear.
SMBs are beginning to see the writing on the wall and have made data protection and backup services a top priority during the coming months. As a vehicle collision repair shop with locations across Pennsylvania, The Body Shop @ Andretti says it regularly provides repair estimates to insurers, and it’s vital for the company to back-up those estimates for future reference, not to mention customer information and financial data.
John Sweigart, Principal of The Body Shop @ Andretti commented, ”Total, unrecoverable data loss for The Body Shop would be disastrous. We’re a young business and simply can’t afford to endure a permanent loss of data, which is why a PC data backup service is so critical for us. We used to back-up data onto flash drives that went home every night with the managers, but that’s just not practical. A professional data backup service that provides the ability to back-up data from multiple drives and easily select or delete files is a much more viable method for us.”
Verio, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, was recently honored with the 2006 Hosting Service Provider of the Year award by Microsoft. Verio was recognized with a Specialization Excellence Award in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions with a focus on Hosting for its excellence in delivering Microsoft-based customer solutions. Verio was chosen for showing the skills and expertise to design and implement innovative, cost-effective solutions that incorporate key web hosting technologies.
Verio Inc. is a provider of hosting and managed services for small and midmarket companies and partners worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT America, US subsidiary of NTT Communications, which provides complementary global network access reaching over 200 countries worldwide. The company offers businesses a range of Internet services, including web hosting, managed services and value-added professional service offerings. Verio supports its operations with highly reliable and scalable global infrastructure and systems including the NTT Communications Global IP Network, and provides business solutions to customers and partners in more than 146 countries.
To learn more about the survey, please visit: www.verio.com/data-backup.
For more information about Verio, please visit: www.verio.com.