A survey by disk-based data protection company, FalconStor Software, has indicated that a majority of respondents do not regularly test their disaster recovery systems and are therefore not prepared for IT disasters in 2013.
The survey polled 196 IT storage professions at recent Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) events and other disaster recovery symposiums in Sydney and Melbourne. Respondents were a mix of small, medium and enterprise-sized companies, with 58 per cent of participants coming from companies with over 500 seats.
The research showed 79 per cent of respondents have a business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plan in place, but only 21 per cent of these said they use a automated solution; 60 per cent use a semi-automated solution, and 19 per cent have a fully manual process.
In addition, the survey reported that 67 per cent responded they had only four hours or less to recover their systems, including data and applications before they lost productivity, reputation, and revenue.
FalconStor Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) country manager, Vic Masi, labels it "a seemingly impossible challenge and a completely false belief when manual or semi-automated BC/DR systems are being used with either no or, at best, yearly testing."