Acronis survey sees red on tape

Acronis survey sees red on tape

Respondents see added layer of protection as biggest draw to cloud, not cost

Data protection specialist Acronis released results from a survey suggesting that 60 percent of queried organisations in the US see danger in relying on one system for securing and backing up data.

Three-quarters of the respondents reported tape failure in the last year, according to a statement released by the vendor. One fifth see phasing out of legacy backups as a future challenge.

The IT departments in question perceive the cloud as a necessary solution to resolve issues, with 43 percent of survey respondents citing the extra layer of data protection as the primary benefit of cloud, and only 24 percent attracted to the underlying cost savings.

“It’s astounding that any organisation would be relying on a single point of failure when staging to cloud can provide the simple added layer of protection that organisations need," says Scott Crenshaw, Acronis senior vice president of strategy and CMO. "Tape options are still used by many organisations despite the high failure rates, and it is fast losing its reputation as an effective technology, with tolerance for downtime reaching near-zero and the velocity of critical data is only increasing.”

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