Thursday, March 06, 2014

The State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness

Findings from the the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council show that 73% of respondent organizations worldwide are not taking adequate steps to protect their data and IT systems leading to more than $5M worth of critical applications failure, data center outages and data loss.

If disaster occurred today, is your business prepared? 

Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark 2014 Annual Report

Here are a few highlights from the report. Download the full report here.

The bad news: 3 in 4 companies at risk, failing to prepare for Disaster Recovery

This report presents Disaster Recovery preparedness benchmark trends for a mix of companies from across the globe, large and small, that have taken the groundbreaking Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey this past year. It incorporates a summary of the responses from the DR Preparedness online survey along with recommendations designed to help organizations improve their own DR plans and preparedness.

The good news: we are starting to identify DR best practices

Based on the benchmark survey results, the DR Preparedness Council recommends that organizations consider implementing several steps to help ensure business continuity regardless of industry or evolving threats.
  1. Build a DR plan for everything you need to recover, including applications, networks and document repositories, business services such as the entire order processing system, or even your entire site in the event of an outage or disaster.
  2. Define Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) & Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) for critical applications. Without these important metrics, you cannot set proper expectations and assumptions from management, employees, and customers about your DR capabilities and how to improve them.
  3. Test critical applications frequently to validate they will recover within RTOs/RPOs. For DR preparedness to improve, companies must begin to automate these processes to overcome the high cost in time and money of verifying and testing their DR plans.