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While almost 75% of responding companies have a disaster recovery plan, the percentage of those conducting annual testing has dropped off from two years ago.
Companies are serious about protecting their information assets from disasters. In our latest survey, 74% of respondents say their companies have a disaster recovery (DR) plan -- higher than some of the dismal numbers reported on recent industry surveys. Forty-eight percent are developing plans now. The majority of firms (52%) own their recovery sites and another 29% rent colocation space; only 11% count on the cloud for disaster relief. On a survey from two years ago, 54% said they tested their DR plans at least twice a year; this time it’s only 47%, with another 21% testing annually and 24% taking an informal approach without any specific testing schedules. Regardless of testing frequency, 80% expect their company to recover mission-critical apps within 24 hours. A quick recovery is good because 42% say they can’t afford to lose any data. Respondents also offered comments, the most esoteric of which was: “If you microwave Ivory soap it looks cool.” I guess some people have never recovered.
"No disaster recovery plan can be considered complete without some form of testing -- whether by design or accident." -- Survey respondent
This was first published in September 2012