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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

Companies are better prepared for disasters

More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans. Whatever you call it -- an expensive insurance policy that you'll probably never use or just a pain in the neck -- disaster recovery (DR) planning and testing is a necessary evil for data storage managers. Two years ago when we first ran a DR survey, just slightly more than half of the respondents said their plans were tested regularly, but this time around that number jumped to 66%. Of course, "regularly" is relative; 59% on our current survey said they test at least twice year, but that's down considerably from the 70% reported in 2008. So while more companies are actually testing their DR plans, they aren't doing it as often. But perhaps testing less frequently has its own rewards: 47% of respondents said they met all of their recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) when they tested vs. only 31% a couple of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.

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