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More testing, more confidence for DR plans
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 1 March 2009
According to the latest Storage magazine survey, more companies are testing their disaster recovery (DR) plans regularly, and storage managers are more confident that their DR plans can avert a significant business disruption. Disaster recovery (DR) planning is a work in progress and this month's Snapshot survey results bear that out. More respondents are testing their DR plans regularly, but overall it's still only 59%. Non-testers cite lack of a DR site, inadequate staffing or lack of funds for not testing. But a tough economy may be contributing, as staff and money issues rose by 7 points and 5 points, respectively. Staffing issues are also affecting DR site management -- last year, 48% of respondents said their own staff ran their DR sites vs. 27% this year. Still, 38% are very confident that their DR plan can avert significant business impact vs. 32% in 2008. That's bolstered by the 49% who have met their testing RTOs/RPOs. But for the sheer number of applications successfully recovered, the numbers are less encouraging, ...
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Dell's midrange arrays soar from last to first in our user service and reliability survey.
With plenty of economical disk-based backup products and cloud-based services available, remote offices can be brought back into the fold.
Everybody knows that the hottest thing in storage in 2008 was data deduplication. Don't expect it to cool off in 2009.
More firms are testing their disaster recovery (DR) plans regularly, and storage managers are more confident that their DR plans can avert a significant business disruption.
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