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IT Survey Results: Bare Metal Recovery ‘Unreliable,’ Rife With Problems

A new survey of more than 200 IT professionals finds that bare-metal recovery (BMR) is gradually becoming obsolete due to virtualization, and that only about one-third (34 percent) of respondents have ever actually used BMR.

The research from Zetta.net found that just 23 percent of IT pros are currently using BMR, and nearly half of those said they have experience problems trying to perform a restoration. Among those users who reported problems, almost one-quarter (24 percent) said the difficulties were in driver failure. One-third of respondents cited a corrupt backup and another third said that there were problems with dissimilar hardware.

“Anecdotally, bare metal recovery has a reputation for being unreliable,” said Gary Sevounts, CMO, Zetta.net. “But it was difficult to find any numbers related to success. We conducted this survey to learn more about how our customers use this technology, and how successful it’s been for them.”

It should be noted, however, that Zetta.net isn’t exactly an unmotivated third party. The company touts its “VHD recovery” option as an alternative to traditional BMR, claiming it offers a smoother, less error-prone restore.


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