Disaster recovery is the biggest issue facing IT departments in the UK at the moment.
This is according to the 2013 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT priorities survey - which saw 400 IT professionals questioned - and some 44 per cent said disaster recovery is the primary consideration in 2013.
As a result of this, firms need to make sure they have a database disaster recovery plan in place. Coming in second was a focus on virtual server backup (41.5 per cent), followed by storage virtualisation (36 per cent).
The top three priorities for this year are the same as they were 12 months ago, which highlights how firms are determined to look after their information. Rounding out the top five was data reduction for primary storage (29 per cent) and data deduplication for backup (27 per cent).
As firms are placing ever more trust in digital information, the need for an effective backup scheme cannot be understated, as outages will hinder productivity and could have a significant financial effect.
The research also shows that companies are keen to move to the cloud. Some 16 per cent of respondents admitted this is on their radar for 2013, while a further 18.5 per cent are focusing on backup implementations.
Moving forward, 15 per cent of organisations are planning to increase their IT spend by between five per cent and ten per cent in the next 12 months, while 39 per cent expect it to stay the same. In total, 33 per cent of firms think they are going to cut back in this area, as the economic situation continues to take hold.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that use the cloud are likely to be better prepared to deal with any problems. Indeed, Steve Cullen, vice-president of worldwide marketing for SMBs and the cloud at Symantec, noted they can embrace new technologies to recover from any disaster, while also protecting their information.