A survey from Timico has suggested that disaster recovery is a bit of a blind-spot for IT managers, with as many as one in eight of those surveyed having either never tested their DR plans or having no idea exactly when they were last tested.
Over a third of the IT managers surveyed were only “reasonably confident” that their disaster recovery plan would deliver in the event of a genuine crisis, and just nine per cent said that they reviewed and updated recovery plans once a month or more.
Tom Moores, sales director for cloud and hosting, Timico, said, “IT managers are renowned for having a lot on their plate, but when things go wrong, there’s nowhere to hide. DR plans are effectively worthless if they are not tested, reviewed and updated; from burst water pipes to natural disasters and simple human error, the threat of downtime is more likely than many people realise.
“DR is an essential component of IT management, but in the past it has always been seen as a bit of a headache, with businesses having to invest heavily in duplicate equipment before they could be 100 per cent confident and carry out thorough testing.
“With Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), testing can be conducted with no disruption to the production environment. By using a cloud platform as a back-up in the event of major disruption, precious data is protected almost instantaneously until a business is ready to fail back to its primary site.”