SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

January 11, 2011 11:00 ET

Aberdeen Releases New Research on How Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Are Gaining Disaster Recovery Advantages Using Cloud Storage

Research Finds Strong Correlation Between the Use of Public Cloud Storage and Faster Recovery Times From an IT-Related DR Event

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), has found that companies that utilize public Cloud storage recover almost four-times faster from an IT-related downtime event than organizations that only store their business critical data onsite. Small and mid-sized organizations are gaining the most disaster recovery advantages as they are utilizing public Cloud storage more often than larger companies. Aberdeen's recent research report, Small and Mid-Sized Organizations Gain Disaster Recovery Advantages Using Cloud Storage shows companies utilizing public Cloud storage are, on average, meeting all of their Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) while organizations not using the Cloud are regularly missing their RTO goals. 

The report "Small and Mid-Sized Organizations Gain Disaster Recovery Advantages Using Cloud Storage," announced today by Aberdeen Group features research based on a survey of the storage and DR practices of over 100 worldwide companies. Aberdeen's research found:

  • Companies that utilize public Cloud storage are far more likely to have a superior disaster recovery program. Forty-six percent (46%) of public Cloud storage users were found to have the highest performing disaster recovery programs.
  • Cloud and non-Cloud storage users both have similar RTOs of about 12 hours. Users of Cloud storage, on average meet this RTO goal 100% of the time while non-adopters of Cloud storage report they meet only 80% of this objective.
  • Companies that store copies of their business critical data in the public Cloud report they have, on average reduced the number of IT-related downtime events by 9% over the last 12 months versus a reduction of only 4.7% for organizations that keep their data onsite.

"Public Cloud-based storage offers small and mid-sized organizations a disaster recovery advantage that formerly was available only to larger companies -- the ability to store copies of business critical data at a remote location," says Dick Csaplar, Senior Research Analyst and author of the study. "Users of public Cloud storage are more likely to be among the leaders of reducing or eliminating IT-related downtime than organizations that keep their data onsite."

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Vision Solutions, i365, a Division of Seagate, Cirtas, and Zetta. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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