Could your next outage be your last?

Companies are paying lip service to their disaster recovery plans, but according to a recent survey, they aren’t actually putting in the legwork to make sure outages are planned for. 

A recent NTT Communications survey found:

  • 90% of executives saw disaster recovery (DR) as important, but
  • 50% didn’t have a documented DR plan, and
  • 23% of those who did have plans had never conducted testing of them.

IT’s knowledge on the subject of DR also was lacking in this survey. While 55% of businesses said they were required to comply with DR regulations, 20% of IT managers were unsure if there was a compliance risk to disaster recovery in their organizations.

Successful disaster recovery plan aspects

Disaster recovery is such a crucial part to any business staying afloat that it’s almost shocking it so often goes neglected.

Here are things every DR plan needs in order to be successful and show its worth:

  • Costs. Companies need to know how much an outage can cost their business. Calculate the amount of lost revenue per-hour of the outage (or even per-minute) and the costs of recovery time after systems come back online.
  • ROI. Good disaster recovery plans will will actually show a return on investment. Make sure you know what that plan is worth to your company’s bottom line.
  • Testing. DR plans that aren’t put to the test could be just as bad as no plans at all. If you’re not sure what you’re getting, then you can’t know whether all the money and time you sunk into backups will actually be worth it.
  • Scrutiny. If you’re going with a DR provider, check the contract carefully. While cloud storage vendors may conceivably be able to claim they don’t have to protect data, DR providers absolutely shouldn’t be given that same leeway.

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