UK companies are lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to storage and protection against data loss, despite being more confident about their systems' efficiency.
This was the finding of a survey commissioned by Hewlett Packard Storage Group Europe, which interviewed 500 IT managers in charge of storage in companies with between $10 million and $50 million annual turnover across the Continent.
About 91 per cent of UK companies believed their information storage systems were efficient and about 26 per cent claimed they were extremely efficient, compared with the European average of 85 per cent, of which only 16 per cent claimed extreme efficiency. UK companies also have more confidence in their procedures - 36 per cent pronounced themselves extremely confident, compared with 24 per cent in Europe.
Although only eight per cent of European companies said they had suffered significant data loss in the past two years, in the UK the figure rose to 14 per cent, of which 36 per cent have lost data on two or more occasions. UK companies are also far less likely to have a formal policy towards backup than their European counterparts and those that do have a policy are less likely to adhere to it.
The UK has the least automated backup in Europe, relying heavily on manual procedures prone to error, while more than two thirds of UK companies do not consider storage a high priority because data backup and protection are not top of people's priority lists.
Bob Payton, analyst at IDC, said: 'To big businesses, backup should not be a problem, but in smaller businesses it is easy to become complacent.
Companies such as Hewlett Packard have to get the message across that backup is crucial. Businesses can lose millions - data loss can truly be a disaster.'
Adrian Lawson, UK marketing manager for information storage sales at HP, said: 'Data is the lifeblood of a company. Storage doesn't always get the recognition it deserves sometimes because it is not as sexy as other technologies.'
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