Access "DR testing infrequent at best"
This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005 issue of The best high-end storage arrays of 2005
The number of IT shops that have disaster recovery (DR) plans is on the rise. According a recent survey of Storage readers, 83% have some sort of DR plan. However, the number of IT shops that have tested their DR plan recently is less reassuring. Thirty percent of respondents with a plan either haven't tested it in at least a year or--worse yet--have never tested it. Within the Fortune 1000, the situation is only marginally better. According to a custom study performed for replication and DR software provider XOsoft, 44% of respondents test their DR solution only once per year. Not surprisingly, only 55% of survey takers were confident of their DR plans--the remaining 45% were either "Somewhat confident" or "Did not know." "Users don't test their DR plans unless they absolutely have to. Period," says Jeff Beallor, pres-ident of Global Data Vaulting (GDV), a secure backup and DR provider in Toronto. As part of GDV's service, the company asks clients on a quarterly basis to name the top 10 files they need to recover, and then reports on how long it took for ... Access >>>
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