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Survey: Disaster Recovery Measured in Days, Not Hours

March 10, 2014

TwinStratta, a cloud-integrated storage solution, said results of its “Industry Trends: Data Backup in 2014” survey shows organizations recovery from a technology disaster in days, not hours. Conducted between December 2013 and January 2014, the report analyzed responses from 209 CIOs and IT professionals.

The results indicate an urgent need for organizations to make more improvements to their backup strategies with one in five organizations experiencing back-up failures at least monthly and one in 10 weekly. As a result, 53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year. Incorporating cloud storage was the remedy most often cited by these respondents.

The full report and its accompanying infographic can be downloaded at: http://www.twinstrata.com/backup-survey-2014.

Failures and Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery was the area where backup strategies were most under stress. Specifically:
Just 12 percent predict they can recover from a site disaster within a couple hours. Cloud storage users were twice as likely to recover in that timeframe (20 percent) as non-cloud storage users (nine percent).
Sixty-three percent of organizations measure site recovery time in days, with 29 percent requiring four days or more.
More than half of organizations experience backup failure multiple times a year due to a host of issues from connectivity failure (25 percent), equipment failure (21 percent) or file corruption (18 percent).

Management & Maintenance

As organizations try to minimize the resource commitment required by their backup strategies, the survey found the results on management and maintenance standards alarming. Specifically the report found:
Seventy-five percent of respondents are backing up more data than they did last year, and 21 percent are backing up at least twice the data as last year. Only three percent report backing up less data.
A surprising 59 percent of organizations keep backups in only one location, typically a single, physical site.
More than half spent six or more hours managing and maintaining their backups, and 14 percent spent more than 20 hours.
Individual applications were at greatest risk, with nearly a quarter of organizations backing up applications less often than monthly and, in some cases never.

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