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Veeam Research Shows that Enterprises Waste Over $2 Million Each Year on Data Availability Failures

Veeam Data Center Availability Report 2014 proves that enterprises cannot meet the requirements of an Always-On Business, with application failure occurring more than once per month

Baar, Switzerland, December 2, 2014: Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data Center, today announced the results of the Veeam Data Center Availability Report 2014, its fourth annual report about how organizations succeed in guaranteeing access to IT services. In the global survey, 82 percent of CIOs admit that they are unable to meet their business’s need for immediate, always-on access to IT services. This availability gap has immediate costs: application failure costs enterprises more than $2 million a year in lost revenue, productivity, opportunities and data irretrievably lost through backups failing to recover.

These costs will only increase as the global economy requires enterprises to work with partners, customers and stakeholders across time zones, pressuring data center assets to be always-on no matter the location. With emerging markets predicted to generate 40 percent of global growth within the next 15 years, missing global opportunities due to downtime can cause irrevocable damage.

“The availability of IT is more important than ever. Yet businesses globally are being failed by an IT industry that has led them to believe they have to accept downtime, and that the Always-On Business is nothing but a fantasy,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO at Veeam. “This isn’t acceptable. Organizations can’t afford to lose millions of dollars from IT failures, nor can they continue to gamble with data availability. The good news is things are set to change. Organizations just need to throw away what they’ve been told for years about availability and demand better. If every organization does this, then in five years application availability will become a redundant topic as consumers and employees across the planet access what they want, when they want it.”  

Key findings of the Veeam Data Center Availability Report 2014 include:

Enterprises cannot meet the increasing demands of the Always-On Business

  • 82 percent of CIOs said they cannot meet their business’s needs. More than 90 percent of CIOs are under pressure to both recover data faster, reducing the financial impact of unplanned downtime, and also back up data more often, reducing the risk of data loss.
  • The reasons CIOs are under pressure include more frequent, real-time interactions among customers, partners, suppliers and employees (65 percent of respondents); the need to access applications across time zones (56 percent); increased adoption of mobile devices (56 percent); employees working outside regular hours (54 percent); and an increasing level of automation for decision making and transactions (53 percent).

Unplanned downtime is driving increased costs

  • Unplanned application downtime occurs more than once per month (13 times per year).
  • Unplanned application downtime costs an organization between $1.4 million and $2.3 million annually in lost revenue, decreased productivity and missed opportunities.

Protection is not guaranteed

  • One in six backup recoveries fails, meaning that with 13 incidents of application downtime per year, data will be permanently lost at least twice. This lost data costs enterprises a minimum of $682,000 annually.

Organizations are placing millions of dollars of data at risk of loss

  • Organizations are also risking between $4.4 million and $7.9 million of lost application data from downtime incidents each year.

Businesses are already calling for greater availability. However, IT departments are missing the recovery time objective (RTO) their businesses demand for mission-critical data by more than an hour and are more than 2.5 hours away from the always-on standards set by modern availability solutions. Even more troubling, they are missing the required recovery point objective (RPO); i.e., how often data is backed up, by 1.5 hours, and they are a staggering 4.5 hours away from modern always-on standards.

“Make no mistake, we are already in the era of the Always-On Business,” added Timashev. “To keep pace, enterprises need entirely new types of solutions that enable 24/7 availability in a way that legacy data protection and backup products could never do. This means high-speed, guaranteed recovery of every file, application or virtual server when needed. It means leveraging backup data and environments to test the deployment of new applications, mitigating the risk of failure. And it means complete visibility, with proactive monitoring and alerting of issues before they affect operations. CIOs clearly recognize this, with 78 percent planning to change their data protection product in the next two years in order to get the availability that they need. As a result, the availability gap will start to become a thing of the past.”

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Survey methodology:

The Veeam Data Center Availability Report 2014 is based on a survey conducted online among 760 CIOs of companies with more than 1,000 employees across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia and Singapore. Vanson Bourne, an independent market research organization, directed the survey on behalf of Veeam. To download the full report, visit http://www.veeam.com/wp-availability-report-2014.html.

About Veeam Software

Veeam provides Availability for the Modern Data Center by leveraging virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies to deliver recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of less than 15 minutes for all data and applications. Veeam’s solutions enable the Always-On Business with high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified protection, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Backup & Replication leverages technologies that enable the modern data center, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, NetApp storage, and HP 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual Storage, to help organizations meet RTPO, save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs. Veeam Availability Suite provides all of the benefits and features of Veeam Backup & Replication along with advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for the backup infrastructure. Veeam Management Pack for System Center is the most comprehensive, intuitive and intelligent extension for app-to-metal management of Hyper-V and vSphere infrastructures, and includes monitoring and reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication. The Veeam Cloud Provider (VCP) program offers flexible monthly and perpetual licensing to meet the needs of hosting, managed service and cloud service providers. The VCP program currently includes more than 6,000 service provider partners worldwide.

Founded in 2006, Veeam currently has 27,000 ProPartners and more than 121,500 customers worldwide. Veeam’s global headquarters are located in Baar, Switzerland, and the company has offices throughout the world.