Acronis and research firm IDC conducted a worldwide, cross-industry survey of small and medium-sized businesses (<1,000 employees) concerning their data protection and disaster recovery needs. The survey revealed that the majority (76%) of businesses prefer their data to be stored no more than 150 miles from their location. This finding, coupled with concerns resulting from recent data security breaches, highlights the need for data protection solutions offering cloud storage close to home.
The data also showed that there’s a marked difference between countries, in their storage preference. Asian businesses prefer data in-country, while the US and Europe want it within 150 miles: 50% of businesses in Singapore and 46% in Japan prefer to have their data stored in-country, while 26% of German businesses and 25% in the US prefer to have their data stored in a cloud within country.
Meanwhile, 48% of German SMBs and 64% of US businesses prefer to have their data stored in a cloud within 150 miles, while 34% of businesses in Singapore and 24% of Japanese businesses have the same preference.
Additionally the survey found that storing data offsite has become ubiquitous with the majority ( 94%) of respondents saying they back up a portion of their data to a remote data centres and more than two out of five (42%) of respondents have at least some of their data in cloud.