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Disaster recovery planning process still a hit-or-miss affair

Nearly half of the companies we recently surveyed still don't have a disaster recovery planning process in place.

Nearly half of the companies we recently surveyed still don't have a disaster recovery planning process in place. Those that do are generally confident their plans will work if needed, with 63% expressing "moderate" confidence and 20% saying their confidence level is "high."

But our data protection survey also reveals that testing of disaster recovery (DR) readiness is spotty at best, with half of the respondents reporting that they either don't have a set testing schedule (10%) or test just once a year (40%). Most (60%) say their DR planning process covers only mission-critical applications.

Looking under the hood of companies' DR plans, we find that 60% use some form of disk-based backup, 47% use remote replication and 40% still rely on good old tape. Thirty-seven percent send tapes off site to a vaulting or storage service. And while there's been plenty of talk about DR being the new killer app for cloud storage and computing services, it's apparently taking a while to catch on, as only a handful of respondents use online vaulting (10%) or cloud backup services (7%) as part of their DR planning scenarios. But 29% say they plan to purchase outsourced DR services within the next 12 months, which presumably would include cloud-based DR as well as online vaulting. Those who are considering cloud-based DR purchases have high standards; for them, the most important factors when evaluating these products and services are:

  • Price (71%)
  • Promised recovery time (71%)
  • Reputation/reliability of the vendor (65%)
  • Ease of use (65%)
  • Autonomy/control of their company's data (59%)
  • Compatibility with existing backup/storage infrastructure (41%)
  • Ability to outsource tasks/responsibilities (29%)

When shopping for tape, disk or cloud technologies for disaster recovery, the top priority is that the product or service can meet current and future capacity requirements (83%). Price is important, too, with 79% saying the cost of a solution is a key concern. Sixty-two percent first consider whether a product or service can meet their RTO/RPO requirements, while the main consideration for 59% of those surveyed is that the DR technology is compatible with their firm's existing infrastructure.

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About the author:
Rich Castagna is TechTarget's VP of Editorial/Storage Media Group.

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