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April 1, 2011

Data centres are vulnerable to disasters: AFCOM

15% of respondents said that their data centre has no plan for data backup and recovery

By CBR Staff Writer

Data centres are vulnerable to disasters with more than 15% of respondents saying that their data centre has no plan for data backup and recovery while 50% have no plan to replace damaged equipment after a disaster, found a new survey by data centre association AFCOM.

The survey revealed that two-thirds of all data centres have no plan or procedure to deal with cyber crime.

However, there has been significant growth in the adoption of cloud computing with 36.6% of data centres implementing cloud computing compared to 14.9% last year while 35.1% seriously considering it.

The survey projected that cloud computing will continue to grow for the next five years, with 80 to 90% of all data centres adopting some form of the cloud during that period.

AFCOM also observed demise of the Mainframe with its usage continuing to shrink.

In survey, 86.6% of all respondents reported an increase in the number of Web applications they are running today as compared to just three years ago.

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Biometric security use is a top concern for data centres, however the survey found the growing use of biometric screening for authorisation and access has grown, with a surprising 25% of facilities installing the technology to better protect their data centres.

AFCOM CEO Jill Yaoz said in an environment where change is an accepted part of day-to-day life, it is important to recognise how data centre managers are adapting to the new technologies and directions emerging in the industry.

"One of the most interesting changes our survey illustrates is the continued transition to the cloud," Yaoz said.

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