Why Schools Fail at IT Disaster Recovery Efforts

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 02-13-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Disaster Recovery Preparedness

    51% of respondents said they are only somewhat prepared to recover their IT and related assets in the event of a disaster or other incident. 46% said they are very prepared, 4% say they are not prepared.
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    Compliance Drives Disaster Recovery

    54% of respondents who have compliance as a requirement said they are very prepared to recover from a disaster, compared to 32% without compliance requirements.
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    DRaaS Aids Recovery

    63% of organizations with Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) feel very prepared to recover in case of a disaster, compared to 56% with disaster recovery in a hosted or MSP environment.
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    Compliance and DRaaS

    Respondents who adhere to compliance and use DRaaS are better prepared than those that do not. 66% of the former feel very prepared, compared to 61% of the latter. 34% of the first group feel somewhat prepared, compared to 32% in the second group.
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    Educational Institutions Far Less Confident

    26% of respondents from educational institutions said they are very prepared to handle a major IT disaster, the largest proportion of respondents compared to for-profit, not-for-profit and government.
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    Organization Size and Compliance

    Larger organizations are more likely to have compliance requirements for disaster recovery. The percent that have compliance are: 1 to 10 employees: 32%, 11 to 99 employees: 55.5%, 100 to 2,000 employees: 64%, 2,001 to 5,000 employees: 67%, More than 5,000 employees: 84.5%
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    Worrisome Legacy Methods

    45% of respondents use backup tapes as their disaster recovery solution. 42% use additional servers and devices at their primary disaster recovery site. "These legacy methods are worrisome when more advanced and reliable options are available,” the report states.
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    Other Disaster Recovery Methods

    Even though most respondents use backup tapes with other methods, 51% have added more equipment at the primary site. This is useless in the case of a flood or another disaster. Alternatively, 34% of respondents use software-based replication and 36% have equipment at a secondary site.
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    Leading Causes of Outages

    Hardware failure/server room concerns are the leading cause of incidents and outages (47%). The second leading cause is environmental disasters, such as floods, fires and ice storms (35%). The remaining percentage is miscellaneous outages (28%).
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    Hours of Data Lost

    More than one-half of respondents experienced an incident during which they lost data, with 12% losing more than one day's worth.
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    Educational Organizations' Losses

    Regarding data loss, educational institutions fare worse than other types of organizations. 31.5% lost more than one day's worth of data during their worst incident. As for permanent losses 15.5% lost critical data and 15.5% of backups were not recoverable.
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    Disaster Recovery Budgets

    58% of respondents of educational institutions say their disaster recovery budget is underfunded, compared to for-profit companies (37%), not-for-profit organizations (44%) and government agencies (50%).
 

Educational institutions lag behind commercial businesses in preparedness for major IT disasters, according to a new study. Only 26 percent of IT professionals surveyed said they feel very prepared for such an event. One-third of IT professionals said their organization suffered a major incident requiring disaster recovery procedures, according to the report. Of those, 11 percent had permanent IT losses. Evolve IP, a cloud services company, produced the report, titled "The 2015 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Survey." The Web-based survey was conducted in December with a sample size of 2,084 IT professionals. "When disaster hits, it hits hard, typically taking over a day to recover and causing financial as well as data losses," said Tim Allen, chief sales officer at Evolve IP. "Deploying disaster recovery as a service, which is easier to deploy and typically costs less, improves disaster recovery results when compared to efficient methods used by most organizations."

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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