Helping mid-size companies identify key disaster recovery trends and actionable best practices are why we sponsor ActualTech Media’s annual Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Attitudes & Adoption report. We’re excited to share the 2016 report that reveals many surprising insights and alarming results from 274 IT decision makers at companies with 100-5,000 employees.
Overall, the report highlight major gaps in mid-size companie’s disaster recovery plans. Exposing the over reliance on legacy disaster recovery solutions and RTO limitations, there are major pain points companies need to address in order to be prepared for hardware failure, ransomware, human error, and natural disasters.
Tape/Disk Backup is not a Disaster Recovery Strategy
The most alarming result from the report is that 80% of small to mid-sized companies surveyed still rely on tape or disk-based technology as part of their disaster recovery strategy, which is a major reason why they are unable to quickly restore critical applications when servers crash. Given the growing threat of ransomware and rising cost of downtime, this oversight would be a key misstep for companies.
Companies Clueless About Downtime Costs
Not sure what an hour of downtime for your CRM or email would cost? Join the club. More than a third of those surveyed (37%) couldn’t quantify the costs of downtime to their organization. Why is this a problem? It suggests that many decision makers aren’t aware of the financial impact an outage could cause and this hinders their company’s disaster recovery planning (i.e. leaving mission-critical business apps unprotected or not taking steps to increase RTO). The report includes downtime cost benchmarks to help inform your estimates.
Rapid Failover Remains Elusive
Over half of those surveyed (54%) do not have failover capabilities to restore key business applications within one hour of failure. With new cloud-backed disaster recovery as a service solutions, you can instantly recover run your systems in the cloud when hardware failure or natural disaster occurs.
What’s a Disaster Recovery Test?
Lack of disaster recovery testing isn’t entirely shocking given the ardous testing process legacy disaster recovery solutions require. However, with one-fifth of the respondents indicating that they either haven’t tested their disaster recovery plans or conducted a test in the past year, it’s clear that testing is a pain point.
The report provides a deep dive into the following:
- Outage Handling Experiences & Downtime Costs
- Disaster Recovery Adoption By Vertical (i.e. Finance, Healthcare)
- Current Disaster Recovery Capabilities
- Understanding Peer Disaster Recovery Capabilities
- Understanding of Disaster Recovery as a Service
- IT Buyer’s Priorities for Disaster Recovery as a Service