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More organisations than ever have DR plans, but don’t keep them up to date

The prevalence of disaster recovery plans increases year on year, but many fail to keep their plans up to date or test them, according to a survey sponsored by Databarracks

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The number of organisations with a disaster recovery (DR) plan has increased in recent years, but many do not keep their plan up to date or test it.

Although 52% have a DR plan – up from 37% in 2008 – 15% admit their plan is not up to date, and 42% say they have not tested it in the past 12 months.

These are the findings of a survey by cloud provider Databarracks, which questioned 356 IT professionals in the UK.

It found that increasing numbers of organisations have disaster recovery plans in place, but more and more have concerns about them. The number with worries about their DR plans rose from 11% in 2015 to 15% in 2016, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, the number of organisations “very confident” in their DR plans fell from 41% to 32% year on year.

The results mirror the findings of another recent supplier-sponsored survey that also found that many companies do not test their DR plans.

Only 22% of those canvassed by the Databarracks survey had experienced no downtime in the past 12 months. Of those that had, hardware failure (21%) and connectivity issues (20%) were the most common causes, followed by upgrades and patching (15%).

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Most (71%) respondents could recover from a disaster in less than 24 hours, 34% could recover in less than four hours and 15% in less than an hour. This fell short of desired outcomes, however, as 54% would like to recover in less than four hours and 32% in less than an hour.

Financial constraints (27%) and technical constraints (26%) were named as key obstacles to respondents achieving the recovery times they wanted. ...............................................................................

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