Who would have thought that 44% of organizations still avoid using VMs for mission-critical apps? We found this out recently from a survey that we ran and about a week ago we released this “first annual report” about the impact of virtualization on data protection and we made it available for free on our website at www.veeam.com/survey.

As we were talking about SureBackup back in March, a lot of the analysts were asking us if recovery verification was really an issue…How many backups actually fail? How many backups are actually tested? To find out some of these answers as well as answers to other questions, we hired Vanson Bourne which is an independent market research company to perform a survey of 500 CIOs from organizations across the US, UK, Germany and France.

Here are a few of the many interesting insights that were revealed in this survey:

  • 44% of CIOs say they are avoiding using virtualization for certain mission-critical workloads due to concerns about backup and recovery
  • Currently organizations only back up 68% of their virtual machines
  • It takes about 5 hours to recovery a virtual machine
  • 61% of enterprises using physical-based tools for backup and recovery will now change their approach specifically because of virtualization
  • 63% experience problems every month when attempting to recover a server
  • The average cost of failed recoveries is close to $400k
  • Only 2% of all backups are tested annually (see below)

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Want to see more? Download the full survey results here www.veeam.com/survey and please post in the comments about what you are seeing in your organization.

External Sources who posted about this survey and report:

Businesses still wary of virtualization, study reveals by Wewick Ashford, Computerweekly.com
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2010/11/03/243736/Businesses-still-wary-of-virtualisation-study-reveals.htm

“Virtualization ‘held back’ by backup fears” by Andrew Charlesworth, Computing.co.uk
http://www.computing.co.uk/computing/news/2272633/virtualisation-held-back-back

“Virtualisation adoption slowed by backup and recovery concerns” by ComputerworldUK.com
http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/infrastructure/3246803/virtualisation-adoption-slowed-by-backup-and-recovery-concerns/

“Virtualisation being held back by lack of trust?” by Steve Evans, Green IT
http://greenit.cbronline.com/news/virtualisation-held-back-by-lack-of-trust-011110

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