BYOD to fuel enterprise spending on data recovery in 2013


The widespread use of mobile devices at work will pose data recovery challenges, fueling enterprise investment in data recovery tools, predicted data recovery firm Kroll Ontrack.

The prediction is based on an increase in data recovery requests in 2012 prompted by mobile devices in the workplace and the adoption of virtualization, according to the data recovery firm.

Kroll Ontrack reported that the data recovery request ratio in 2012 was 80 percent for laptops and mobile devices and 20 percent for desktops, compared with a 50/50 split two years ago.

"In addition to the BYOD phenomenon this year, we saw a significant increase in the use of SSDs [solid state drives] within laptops and PCs, as well as more external hard disk drives [HDDs]," said Todd Johnson, vice president of operations at Kroll Ontrack.

"This trend introduced new areas of risk to businesses and consumers alike. SSDs are more complex devices to recover from than traditional hard drives, but the use of personal external hard drives brings extra risks associated with lost or failing devices that are themselves not backed-up properly," he added.

Virtualization projects by small and medium-sized businesses also spurred an increase in data recovery requests last year. Kroll Ontrack data recovery engineers saw a 10 percent increase in user errors, such as administrators deleting virtual drives by mistake.

Encryption proved to be another data recovery challenge, Kroll Ontrack noted. As devices with hardware-based encryption became more widespread because of faster processing speeds, the use of software-based encryption decreased.

"Technology continues to improve in terms of the value it adds to organizations, but the flip side is that data can be at risk during the transition phase if companies do not maintain effective backups," Johnson concluded.

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