DRP 2014 Annual Report

The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council publishes an annual report to provide an overview of the current state of disaster recovery preparedness for organizations worldwide. Our new 2014 Annual Report contains the results of a ground-breaking online survey along with recommendations for improving disaster recovery preparedness based on best practices.

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While three out of four companies are failing to prepare for disaster recovery of their IT systems, others are forging pathways to improve DR through several best practices. Highlights from the report include:

  • One-third of experienced outages reported stated that critical applications were lost for hours and sometimes multiple days. Even more alarming was that one in four respondents said they had lost most, if not all of their datacenter for hours and in some cases days.
  • Nearly one in four respondents never tested their DR plans, and one-third of those surveyed tests their plans only once or twice a year. When companies do test, more than 65% do not pass their own DR tests.

However, despite the still dire practices around disaster recovery preparedness, the annual report did showcase some positive movement by those organizations wanting to be better prepared. The annual report examined how better performing companies managed their DR activities to identify key characteristics of more prepared organizations which included:

  • Implementing more detailed DR plans
  • Setting specific DR metrics for RTOs and RPOs.
  • Testing DR plans much more frequently

Based on the survey results, the annual report suggests organizations can significantly improve their DR preparedness by following the steps below:

  1. Building a comprehensive DR plan to recover applications, networks and business services, including primary and secondary sites in the event of an outage or disaster.
  1. Defining Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) & Recovery Point objectives (RPO) for critical applications to set proper expectations and assumptions from management and staff.
  1. Automating the testing of recovery for critical applications frequently to validate they will recover within specified RTOs/RPOs.

Each year, the DRP Council publishes an Annual Report of the DRP Benchmark survey results, highlighting responses to the survey and analyzing trends from the research.  It serves as a comprehensive and quantifiable set of assessments, metrics and insights on IT Disaster Recovery Preparedness – as well as how organizations are performing against best practice standards. The report provides a road map for further research as well as supplying practical guidance on best practices.