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).

The survey also revealed that cloud computing has taken hold more quickly at smaller enterprises. Overall, 20 percent of respondents stated they rely on the cloud for their day-to-day data management operations, though that number was proportionately higher for organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees and/or less than 25 terabytes of enterprise information.

More organizations keep all information as part of their data compliance strategy (25 percent), while, on the other end of the survey’s spectrum, 17 percent have a formal, company-wide retention and destruction policy, according to the survey. Forty-eight percent of organizations back up information at a remote data center or tape-storage facility, and that same amount stores information on site.

Blaine Rigler, SVP and general manager for data backup and recovery at the information management provider, said in a news release on the survey that the results show struggles with managing a growing amount of information that creates “data challenges every day.” “At its basic level, controlling data is about controlling risk, which means being prepared in the event of disaster so that you can restore your business without losing its most important asset – information,” Rigler said.

Rigler recommended implementing data rules that are adaptable to growing volumes of data and known across all business units, as well as setting up regimented policies for destroying data you don’t need and moving some critical information offsite.

To take or view the survey, visit here.