IT disaster recovery under the spotlight

Published: Friday, 03 April 2015 14:16

More than three in ten IT professionals report that their organization has suffered a major incident that has required them to implement disaster recovery procedures, according to a technology survey conducted by Evolve IP. The survey also shows that of those experiencing a major incident, 11 percent experienced permanent IT losses. Additionally, educational institutions lag behind commercial businesses with just 25 percent noting that they feel very prepared to handle a major IT disaster.

The survey shows that the leading causes of incidents are hardware outages, noted by 47 percent of respondents. 34 percent of those surveyed sited environmental disasters, 27.5 percent indicated power outages and nearly two in 10 indicated human error. Of those that have experienced a major incident, 44 percent have experienced multiple disasters in the past five years with 17 percent experiencing three or more disasters.

Perhaps surprisingly, a significant number of organizations continue to use legacy methods for disaster recovery. Forty five percent of those surveyed continue to use backup tapes and 41.5 percent use additional servers at their primary site as a principal method for disaster recovery.

Organizations that are using a DRaaS service ultimately feel the most confident to handle a disaster with 66 percent noting they feel ‘very prepared’ to handle a major incident as compared to just 31.5 percent of those that do not.

Additional findings:

Survey methodology

Evolve IP conducted a blind, web-based survey during December, 2014 with 2084 IT professionals and executives. 53.5 percent were from organizations with between 100 – 2,000 employees; 25 percent were from organizations with between 11 – 99 employees; 17 percent came from organizations with more than 2,000 employees and 5 percent were from organizations with between 1 – 10 employees.

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