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.

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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, with 35% claiming to recover all applications vs. 57% last year.

"We do a DR test of each of the individual applications before they go into production, but doing the full suite of apps for all business units simultaneously has always been cost prohibitive." -- Survey respondent

BIO: Rich Castagna (rcastagna@storagemagazine.com) is Editorial Director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in March 2009

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