As storage volumes continue to grow, business confidence in back-up and recovery systems is eroding, according to research.
A survey of 150 IT directors and managers in the UK, France and Germany, found that around a third were 'less than 75 per cent confident' in their back-up systems.
Only 35 per cent had over 90 per cent confidence that their current architecture could handle serious data loss or a doubling in data over the next three years.
But with IT budgets being squeezed, the problem looks set to worsen, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
SMEs expected a greater annual increase in archived data - 33.1 per cent for companies with under 100 employees - compared to 20.5 per cent for those with over 500 staff, according to the research conducted for data back-up systems company Quantum.
But taking static and falling budgets together, the past two years showed a budget fall in real terms for over 50 per cent of interviewees, with little improvement expected in the coming two years.
Brian Collins, a storage consultant and director of internet auction company BuyIT, told vnunet.com: "Data is growing in relevance, so a lack of confidence is becoming a more important issue.
"In SMEs in particular there is a lot of education to be done. There is no less impact [than for larger companies] but protection has a greater effect on budgets."
Collins warned that it is short-sighted for companies to delay identifying vital data for recovery purposes and investing in good back-up systems.
"Doing it just in time might mean just too late," he said.
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