Disaster Recovery Plans and Testing Are Lacking

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-23-2017 Email

Only 60 percent of the organizations surveyed have a documented disaster recovery plan in place, and just 40 percent of them test the plan annually, according to a new survey. Moreover, the majority of companies are dissatisfied with disaster recovery solutions, finding them either too costly or too difficult to implement. However, the survey respondents who use cloud-based DR expressed confidence in that strategy. In addition, many think of DR as preparing for catastrophic natural events, but most IT downtime is caused by power outages, hardware and human errors, and security vulnerabilities, according to the survey. The report, "2016 State of Disaster Recovery," was conducted by Zetta, a provider of data protection and disaster recovery solutions. In October, the firm surveyed 403 IT professionals who work in 23 industries for organizations ranging in size from 50 to more than 1,000 employees. "This study reveals that even as organizations improve their disaster readiness, they still fall behind in planning and testing their strategy," said Mike Grossman, CEO of Zetta. "Yet this is rapidly shifting as DR confidence grows with the increasing move toward cloud-based DR solutions." Here are some key findings of the report.

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


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