Just about a month ago Symantec released the global findings of its 2012 Disaster Preparedness Survey which, as expected, generated a good amount of attention in terms of its results. There were three findings in Symantec’s 2012 Disaster Preparedness Survey released on May 14, 2012, that grabbed the majority of the attention of the press already written about this survey.
So while these were the findings of the report that were generally highlighted in multiple articles in the press, there were other equally intriguing findings included in the findings that Symantec shared that did not get near the attention they deserved as they helped to confirm what DCIG also finds to be true. Another statistic that caught my eye was the types of natural disasters that occur from time to time at one or more of your locations. Even the above chart of natural disasters fails to capture the most common forms of natural disasters for which companies need to be prepared to respond. So as I look first at the high level conclusions that got the majority of the attention in the press and then take into account some of these gems included deeper in the report, there are three action items for companies.First, if you live an area that has frequent power outages or storms, you should be at front and center in making sure your company is ready to respond to a disaster.

Second, an overwhelming number of companies cited server virtualization (71%) as the most beneficial technology to implement to be prepared for a disaster. Those who leveraged mobility, private clouds, public clouds or server virtualization found that they were better prepared to respond to a disaster than before they implemented these technologies. Symantec’s findings in its survey of 2000+ organizations (2,053 to be exact) would seem to confirm that conclusion. Natural disasters like tsunamis, tornados, and maybe even hurricanes seem to grab most of the attention in the national headlines and often prompt people to implement disaster preparedness measures.
Fully 25% of those surveyed state that one or more their locations are impacted by earthquakes from time to time while 30% stated that one of their locations could be impacted by a flood. As this survey reveals, most are already part of a larger team (potentially a global one.) As such, they need to choose a data protection solution that enables them to first centrally manage the protection of applications (physical or virtual) and then recover these applications anywhere from anywhere.

Those who implemented server virtualization were the most satisfied with 71% of them saying it had a positive impact on their level of disaster preparedness. It revealed that 74% of those who participated in the survey have decision making authority or are responsible for the management of the entire company or enterprise. So if you have not already implemented server virtualization, it behooves you to do so if for no reason you are better prepared for a disaster.

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