A population of more than 1,000 IT sites was surveyed and questioned on their practices and plans for business continuance and disaster recovery. Over half of the respondents estimate that their entire company could be at risk if they are unable to recover critical data within 8 hours. Despite this risk, 17 percent of the surveyed population do not have a disaster recovery facility today. This report updates a one-year-old study on the same topic, with additional emphasis given this year on market segmentation, revenue tiers, disk utilization and data tiers. Ten industries were primarily targeted.
With close to half of the sites having implemented remote replication, the finance/banking industry is the largest user. The number of sites using remote replication will more than double in the next two years, with telecom and health showing the highest growth. The number of sites utilizing multiple levels of data protection for different applications has more than doubled in the past 24 months and is poised for significant additional growth. In terms of features or techniques, disk-to-disk backup and SAN backup are the most widely implemented; remote replication, virtualization and IP storage stand out as the highest growth market potential.
Data security is a growing concern with the extended use of networks in general, and of storage networking in particular. While very few use encrypted data on their storage media today, 45 percent believe it is a needed feature
The analysis of this extensive survey, which includes more than 200 questions, is now available in a report titled "Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery - A User's Perspective." The report provides statistics on practices, ranks issues and needs, indicates satisfaction ratings and projects trends and plans.
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