Lack of Planning/Testing a Major Culprit in Failures of DR Preparedness

The new 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council is an eye opener for IT professionals responsible for backup and recovery of their IT systems.  Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the Annual Report provides a wealth of information about how prepared companies are in recovering from outages based on the results of our benchmark survey launched last year.

You can download the report for free at http://drbenchmark.org/

My last blog highlighted the “bad news” from the report:  three out of four companies fail to properly prepare for recovering their IT systems.  One-third reported that critical applications were lost for hours and sometimes multiple days—and one in four said they had lost most, if not all of their datacenter for hours and even days.

This week I want to focus on the lack of DR planning by most organizations indicated in the benchmark survey results. It is this lack of preparation that impedes more rapid recovery from outages and costs businesses worldwide millions of dollars in lost revenues and damaged reputations every year.

For example:

  • More than 60% of those who took the survey do not have a fully documented DR plan
  • Another 40% admitted that the DR plan they currently have did not prove very useful when it was called on to help recover from their worst disaster recovery event or scenario.
  • One third of survey respondents only test their DR plans once or twice a year.  And fully 23% or almost one in four never test their DR plans at all!
  • When companies do test their DR plans, the results are less than reassuring, since more than 65% do not pass their own DR tests.

I think you would agree with me that without testing and verification of DR plans, most companies have no idea as to whether they can fully recover their IT systems in the event of a disaster or an extended outage.

Fortunately, there are solutions such as PHD Virtual ReliableDR that give organizations a practical and affordable way to test their recovery capabilities frequently—every week, every day or every hour if they want.  You can read about it in detail on our website and in a Free E-Guide that describes the new Recovery Rules for Backup and Replication of Virtual Environments.

PHD Virtual even offers a very cool new free tool called the RTA Calculator that you can use to test your own virtual envrionment Recovery Time Actuals or RTAs.

Be sure to visit our www.DRbenchamrk.org website for your free copy of the 2014 Annual Report, and allow 15 minutes out of your busy day to take the online benchmark survey yourself.  You’ll get an interesting comparison of how you stack up against your peers for DR preparedness.

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