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Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012

Users are all business about disaster recovery

While almost 75% of responding companies have a disaster recovery plan, the percentage of those conducting annual testing has dropped off from two years ago. Companies are serious about protecting their information assets from disasters. In our latest survey, 74% of respondents say their companies have a disaster recovery (DR) plan -- higher than some of the dismal numbers reported on recent industry surveys. Forty-eight percent are developing plans now. The majority of firms (52%) own their recovery sites and another 29% rent colocation space; only 11% count on the cloud for disaster relief. On a survey from two years ago, 54% said they tested their DR plans at least twice a year; this time it’s only 47%, with another 21% testing annually and 24% taking an informal approach without any specific testing schedules. Regardless of testing frequency, 80% expect their company to recover mission-critical apps within 24 hours. A quick recovery is good because 42% say they can’t afford to lose any data. Respondents also offered comments...

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Features in this issue

  • Update: Virtual server backup

    by  George Crump

    Virtual machine (VM) backup is more sophisticated now, but finding the perfect VM app for your environment means weighing the importance of many new capabilities.

  • IBM emerges at top of strong midrange array field

    by  Rich Castagna

    With nip-and-tuck battles in nearly every rating category, IBM prevails on the Storage magazine/ Quality Awards users’ service and reliability ratings.

  • Cloud storage for mobile devices

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Workers are more mobile than ever and taking data along on a variety of devices that require new methods of delivering, protecting and backing up corporate data.

Columns in this issue

  • Oh yeah? Try doing that without storage

    by  Rich Castagna

    A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from “big data” to desktop virtualization.

  • Tears of storage

    by  Jon Toigo

    It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage?

  • Is CDMI ready for prime time?

    by  Terri McClure

    What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology.

  • Surveying emerging SSD offerings

    by  Jeff Boles

    The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.