Feeds

Disk drive failure is top bugbear for IT pros

Losing 30 days of data has really cheesed off one firm

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Hard drive crashes are the number one concern for systems administrators in charge of keeping storage systems up and running.

That's the conclusion of a survey of 900 IT professionals, 61 per cent of which rated hard-disk failure as their most pressing concern when it came to hard drive problems. Running out of disk drive space was cited as the second most important issue, and was rated as their top bug bear by 27 per cent of respondents to the survey.

The study, conducted by Survey.com for Executive Software, also reported that managers estimated their direct cost of a hard-drive failure at $15,000 per incident, a figure which doesn't include lost productivity and or the effects on sales while systems are down.

Executive Software reckons firms need to invest in better software tools, such as the kind it provides, that would warn users of disk crashes before their systems go titsup.com. To back this up it points to findings in the survey which suggest four in five IT professionals wanted technology that would warn them of impending disk failure.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, we learned today that system errors at a major European directory firm had resulted in the failure of its RAID disks. This resulted in the loss of 30 days of data processing work, three days of application development effort - to say nothing of the loss of three weeks of email traffic.

Storage may be dull, but it's also pretty important... ®

Related Stories

Press release on the survey

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.