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Vol. 8 Num. 1 March 2009

More testing, more confidence for DR plans

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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Features in this issue

  • More testing, more confidence for DR plans

    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.

Columns in this issue

  • Think data, not equipment (Storage Bin 2.0)

    If IT can put itself back into a position of treating every decision from the perspective of the data itself, our effectiveness could be optimized.

  • Where does deduplication belong in backup? (Hot Spots)

    Should you go with a software-based approach that allows for policy-based deduplication or a hardware-based approach because it can be implemented quickly and easily?

  • Data on the brink

    You might think your company's data is secured and safely backed up, but there's probably still a lot of crucial data that's out of the reach of your backup systems.

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