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More companies testing DR plans, but scope of tests unchanged
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 9 January 2011
More than two-thirds of the respondents to our survey are diligent DR plan testers, but they test fewer apps. More than two-thirds (69%) of respondents are diligent disaster recovery (DR) plan testers, according to our latest survey, a significant improvement over the 53% testing their DR plans three years ago. But this is a good news, bad news story. The bad news is that 42% of testers in the current survey only put their plan through its paces once a year, while 54% do it more frequently. Three years ago, 70% of those surveyed tested more than once a year. If you measure effectiveness by success rate, however, 82% of the current group met all or most of their RPOs/RTOs in their last test. Still, testing scenarios today haven't gotten any more ambitious: 25% include all applications in each test vs. 24% three years ago. For those who don't test their plans, the main reasons cited are lack of staff (30%) and no DR site (28%). In addition, only 37% have full-time staff at their DR site vs. the 48% who claimed the same three years...
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