Who Needs Disaster Recovery? Study Shows 76% Experienced a Data Center Outage This Year

Zerto releases “5 Ways to Master Disaster Recovery” infographic, revealing survey data about disaster recovery practices

dragon-300x202Zerto, rapidly becoming the disaster recovery standard in virtualized data centers for both enterprises and cloud service providers, today released an infographic titled “5 Ways to Master Disaster Recovery.” The infographic was created based on data the company collected from a survey of 356 IT professionals.

Key findings include:

Data center outages are frequent and companies find themselves ill prepared:

  •        At least 76% of respondents have experienced an outage in the past year.
  •        42% of respondents experienced an outage in the last six months and 86% of those incidents were caused by something other than a natural disaster.
  •        26-50% of the applications in data centers are considered business-critical and yet 7% of companies have no DR plan at all.

Legacy DR solutions are not providing desired levels of protection:

  •        71.5% of respondents have a snapshot-based disaster recovery solution.
  •        53% of those surveyed note “complexity” as one of the biggest challenges of disaster recovery.
  •        30% of respondents have 75% or more of their environment protected with a DR plan,but 77% are not fully confident it will work
  •        36% test their DR solution only once a year and another 18% have never tested their DR solution.

“Though more than three quarters of respondents reported having experienced an outage in the last 12 months, and many have a DR solution in place, few are confident their DR solution will actually work,” said Ziv Kedem, co-founder and CEO, Zerto. “This study reflects that while many solutions are available for disaster recovery, no legacy solutions are providing the service levels and simplicity needed for mission-critical application protection in virtualized and cloud environments.”

About the Survey
This survey was completed by collecting data from 356 IT Managers, VMWare Admins and Sys Admins, and BC/ DR professionals who work in more than 10 different industries, including finance, healthcare, legal, education, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

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