Symantec has released its sixth annual Symantec Disaster Recovery Study, which analyses the current challenges being faced by organisations in managing and protecting virtualised and cloud-based environments.
The company said in a press release that the study revealed that 44 per cent of IT managers failed to back-up virtualised systems, while only one-in-five use replication technologies to protect their virtual systems.
Symantec also revealed that around 60 per cent of virtual servers were not covered in an organisation's disaster recovery plans.
In the case of cloud computing, it was found that around 50 per cent of organisations run key programmes through the cloud, although two thirds of participants admitted to worrying about the security implications of doing so.
Dan Lamorena, director, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec, said in a statement that “While organisations are adopting new technologies such as virtualisation and the cloud to reduce costs and enhance disaster recovery efforts, they are currently adding more complexity to their environments and leaving mission critical applications and data unprotected.”