New InformationWeek Reports Research Finds 23% of IT Pros Have Incorporated Cloud Services Into Their Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plans

Just 8% allocate 20% or more of their total IT budgets for business continuity/disaster recovery

Dec 9, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- InformationWeek Reports (, a service for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report. Cloud's Role in BC/DR encompasses analysis of results from InformationWeek's 2011 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Survey and guides readers in using cloud services to improve their BC/DR strategies. Four hundred and fourteen business technology professionals responded to the survey. The report explores the role these services can play in disaster recovery, including archiving/backups and spinning up critical systems in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) if on-premises facilities are devastated.  The full report is available free of charge to registered users at

Research Summary:

Among survey respondents with or planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan, 23% have incorporated cloud services into their BC/DR strategy and 28% will do within within 24 months. The remaining 49% have no plans.


  • 52% of respondents with no plans to use cloud services identify security as the main inhibitor.
  • 48% of those with or who are planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan are using or  open to using a cloud-based backup service for mission-critical application data.
  • 49% of respondents using or considering a cloud-based backup service for their mission-critical application data say it would reduce their disaster recovery time.
  • 9% of respondents with or planning to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan are using the cloud for remote or branch office backup; an additional 38% would consider it.

The report author, Kurt Marko, is an InformationWeek and Network Computing contributor and IT industry veteran.

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"It's not surprising that respondents are still resistant to public cloud storage services," says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. "Highly publicized outages spook conservative IT teams, and heavy use of virtualization makes it easier to add redundancy at a branch office or secondary data center. But used judiciously, service providers can add value—an example is backing up mobile devices."

For more information:
Art Wittmann
VP & Managing Director, InformationWeek Reports

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