Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in the United States ranked 10th out of 13 countries in their ability to bounce back from an IT disaster, trailed only by peers in Australia, France, and Italy, according to a new study by Acronis.
One in three U.S. firms reported having no disaster recovery plan in place, a key factor in the country’s low ranking in the study. Budget and resource concerns topped the list of reasons why. Older infrastructure could also be a key factor behind the ranking.
“It appears, based on our experience with our customers, that many U.S.-based companies have more legacy infrastructure than some of their European or Asian counterparts,” said Jason Donahue, CEO of Acronis. “Consequently, the IT environments that they are managing can be more complex.”
The report, “The Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index: 2011,” included 3,000 SMBs across a range of industries. Each had fewer than 1,000 seats in their organization. The inaugural study was commissioned by backup and recovery vendor Acronis and performed by independent firm Ponemon Institute, and will be conducted annually going forward.
The study’s statistics generally jive with a recent Symantec survey, which found that half of SMBs have no disaster recovery plan in place.
See U.S. SMBs Lag In Disaster Recovery Readiness, by Kevin Casey for InformationWeek.