Research shows 41 percent of UK businesses have either failed to test their disaster recovery (DR) systems in the last six months or don’t know when any sort of testing last took place.
A study (How to avoid Disaster Recovery becoming a disaster) by technology services provider Probrand surveyed UK businesses at director-level to understand their current perception of disaster recovery – and to evaluate how prepared companies are when it comes to backup restoration.
Most organisations, 92 percent, had some sort of DR solution in place but only only two thirds (59 percent) carry out regular tests.
Just 62 percent were sure they had any off-site backup capabilities. While only 39 percent said they would be able to restore on-site backups in under 24 hours, even if they could get new servers ready to accept that data. However, only 29 percent said they could get hardware to replace servers in that time frame. Just 29 percent said they could recover to the cloud, with 54 percent admitting they definitely couldn’t, and 17 percent saying they didn’t know.
Mark Lomas, technical architect at Probrand commented in a press statement: ‘‘What’s clear from our research is that, for many companies, disaster recovery is shelfware, set up once and then rarely if ever tested or thought of again.
‘‘DR is a neglected, non-revenue generating component of many IT strategies, but the growing threats to enterprise data mean that this mindset needs to change.’’
He went on to describe the laisse-faire attitude of not knowing how long recovery might take as particularly worrying given that it costs businesses on average £4280 per minute of downtime.
Lomas adds: "If businesses aren’t carrying out regular tests every two to three months then they have no way of knowing if their system is up to scratch and whether it’s going to leave the business – and its customers – experiencing downtime for a day, a week or even longer.’’
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