Quarter of businesses lack disaster recovery plans

Quarter of businesses lack disaster recovery plans

January 29

The importance of disaster recovery is a hot topic throughout the IT industry. Although there are a number of effective solutions to help businesses protect their mission-critical data and applications, some firms simply lack any such safeguards. A recent survey conducted by SolarWinds and Network World found that as many as 25 percent of organizations have no disaster preparedness or response plan.

“This result suggests that a staggering 25 percent of organizations remain at risk of losing their data and systems, with potentially disastrous consequences,” said SolarWinds Senior Manager Masami Hashimoto. “We advise them to implement disaster planning as a matter of urgency, and to make remote support a key element in their plans.”

Overall, the survey found that 44 percent update their disaster preparedness and recovery plans roughly once a year, while 57 percent of respondents expect to create such an initiative in the next year.

The fact that a quarter of participants do not have any disaster preparedness plans is startling, especially considering that 27 percent said they have experienced a disruption that precluded them from going into the office. More than 30 percent of firms missed a week or more of work because of such incidents.

Cloud backup the perfect disaster recovery solution
Businesses that have yet to implement a thorough disaster preparedness plan are playing a dangerous game should a major disruption strike. In an interview with Technorati, Joseph Corrigan, partner at Posternak Blankstein & Lund, explained the advantages of cloud backup for recovery purposes.

Corrigan said his firm, which is located in Boston, adopted the cloud to ensure its systems were accessible during disasters. Many businesses in the Back Bay area had to deal with such an incident in March 2012 when a transformer failed. He added that companies without recovery solutions at this time likely realized the effectiveness of options like cloud backup.

Cloud backup is ideal because it allows organizations to automatically back up information daily. Corrigan told Technorati that the technology can restore data without breaking the bank.

The fact of the matter is that not only do some firms lack recovery solutions at all, many admit they are in trouble should a disaster strike. The SolarWinds survey found that 30 percent are not confident they can respond following a major disruption.