Disaster recovery plans failing to cover virtualised data

Disaster recovery has climbed up the agenda in customer boardrooms but a more needs to be done to ensure that customers are taking the safety of their data more seriously.

Disaster recovery has climbed up the agenda in customer boardrooms but a more needs to be done to ensure that customers are taking the safety of their data more seriously.

According to the results of the latest Symantec disaster recovery survey the number of those executives that said they were interested in the corporate disaster recovery plans had doubled but a third of companies are not testing their plans often enough.

The vendor found last year that 35% of board level executives were interested in the DR plan but that had risen to 67% and there was a good level of involvement from business leaders.

Darren Thomson, senior director of IT risk management at Symantec, said that one of the problems was that companies had deployed virtualisation but the disaster recovery plan had not been updated to include those virtual servers.

"Many disaster recovery plans are predicated on the physical but these days things have largely gone down the virtualisation route and the DR hasn't been updated," he said.

He added that one of the most starling figures was the revelation that 93% of customers had executed part or all of their DR plans in the last year.

"DR is incredibly important and it feels like people need to take testing more seriously," he said.

"It's not just our resellers and ourselves that have been telling people to think about risk and disaster recovery it is common sense," he added.

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