DR by the Numbers

74 percent of European companies are not very confident that they can fully recover systems, 68 percent stated that disaster recovery is their biggest data challenge.

68% DR biggest data challengeThis week brings us lots of new data on the state of corporate preparedness for disaster scenarios. Two studies published this week identified some serious gaps in enterprise disaster recovery (DR) readiness.

The European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011 surveyed 1,750 IT decision-makers in private and public sector organizations across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux and Russia. Each organization ranged from 250 to 3000+ employees representing all major industries including manufacturing, retail, financial services, health care, public sector and telecom. The survey was sponsored by EMC.

The survey found that:

  • 74% of organisations are not very confident that they can fully recover after a disaster, according to a new survey of 1,750 European companies
  • 54% surveyed have lost data and/or suffered systems downtime in the last year
  • 61% report hardware failure as the primary cause of data loss and downtime; natural disasters and employee sabotage being much less likely culprits
  • 43% of organisations cite loss of employee productivity as the single biggest economic impact
  • 28% point to lost revenue as a result of a disaster
  • 40% of organisations still use tape for recovery and 80% of these organisations want to replace tape all together, highlighting the need for next generation backup and recovery

In addition, Information Management Magazine quotes a study of 1,200 data management and recovery officials, on the status of their data recovery.

  • 68% stated that disaster recovery is their biggest data challenge
  • only 44% successfully recovered information after a recent data recovery event
  • 27% cite lag in recovery time as their top reason for experiencing data loss

Continuity Central, commenting on the European Disaster Recovery Survey, stated, “The survey shows a reaction after a disaster to spend more on backup and recovery, but the damage is done in terms of time and money during a downtime.” Post-disaster is when companies display increased willingness to spend on DR solutions. My guess is at that critical post-disaster point, companies will over-spend to compensate for the damage done to their data center. The best plan for DR is to be prepared in advance, purchasing the necessary tools and solutions to suit your data center’s needs.

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