November 21, 2011 – Disaster recovery is the top challenge for data managers, with much of the information lost due to lags in recovery time and lack of backups, according to a new survey by vendor Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain questioned 1,200 data management and recovery officials on their data recovery awareness, practices and responses. Sixty-eight percent stated that disaster recovery is their biggest data challenge, with less than half (44 percent) having successfully recovered information after a recent data recovery event. The top two reasons for data loss after a disaster were lag in recovery time (27 percent) and lack of necessary backup files (15 percent).

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