Disaster recovery plans failing to cover virtualised systems

Disaster recovery has climbed up the agenda in customerboardrooms but a more needs to be done to ensure that customers are taking thesafety of their data more seriously. According to the results of the latest Symantec disaster recovery survey thenumber of those executives that said they were intere


 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

“Many disaster recovery plans are predicated on the physicalbut these days things have largely gone down the virtualisation route and theDR hasn’t been updated,” he said.

 

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

 

“DR is incredibly important and it feels like people need totake testing more seriously,” he said.

 

“It’s not just our resellers and ourselves that have beentelling people to think about risk and disaster recovery it is common sense,”he added.


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