June 10, 2010 – Disaster recovery is too expensive when it comes to recovering 100 percent of their data, according to more than half of survey respondents say in the U.K. and U.S. The poll questioned 200 IT decision-makers about the role of cost in the adoption of zero data loss disaster recovery. The study was carried out during May 2010 by market research agency Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Axxana, a manufacturer of enterprise data recording solutions.

Due to advances in automation, the loss of servers and internal systems such as email, Web access and desktop applications can result in the loss of employee productivity and bring the enterprise to a halt. Disaster recovery protocols and associated executions can recover lost computing system usage (applications), data and data transactions committed up to the moment of system loss.

"Only 7 percent of enterprises rate their data center's uptime as being either 100 percent or 99.999 percent (less than 1 hour of downtime a year),” said Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst for Aberdeen in a statement. “That means that the vast majority of enterprises worldwide continue to have costly business interruptions due to a negative IT event."

In the U.S., 76 percent of respondents from the financial services market said that cost is the main inhibitor preventing them from achieving zero data loss DR. In the manufacturing industry, cost is an issue for 56 percent of the U.S. respondents. Less affected but still sensitive to the cost issue are retail, distribution and transport markets. When looking at the answers from the size of the responding organizations, smaller companies were less affected by cost (46 percent) than their larger counterparts with more than 3,000 staff (56 percent).

According to new research from Aberdeen, disaster planning needs to be a formal process with backup procedures defined and formal training for all involved.

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