The ins and outs of Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

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Corus360, a technology consulting and solutions company based in Norcross, GA, conducted a survey with several organizations to learn more about their backup and recovery activities, cloud strategy and disaster recovery planning.

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Companies today rely on many technologies for their data protection needs. Surprisingly, 30% of respondents do not have an offsite data replication strategy.

Corus360, a technology consulting and solutions company based in Norcross, GA, conducted a survey with several organizations to learn more about their backup and recovery activities, cloud strategy and disaster recovery planning. Corus360 would like to allow the community that surrounds our organization to come together, learn from one another and share ideas that can help companies with these data protection strategies.

During the survey, Corus360 learned that 15% of the organizations surveyed are currently without a disaster recovery plan. Of those companies with a DR plan, only half of them test quarterly. DR plan testing is an essential element of any organization’s capability to recover after a disaster declaration and is just important as the DR plan.

A comprehensive testing program helps identify plan deficiencies and creates areas for improvement. In turn this also creates confidence within your recovery teams as they become more comfortable with the plan. Your team must be ready to execute and not have a “deer in the headlights” response if the flag ever goes up. Considering that 22% of respondents have had a disaster or data corruption event where they were not able to restore their data, DR planning and testing is more critical than ever before.

Companies today rely on many technologies for their data protection needs. Surprisingly, 30% of respondents do not have an offsite data replication strategy. 86% of respondents still use tape in their environment. Almost 25% of an administrators’ time is spent on backup related activities, including troubleshooting faulty backups. Administrators are clearly struggling to support business SLA’s in the face of accelerated virtualization roll outs, extensive data growth, shrinking backup windows, cloud adoption and more regulation and requirements to meet compliance.

As for leveraging the Cloud, 18% of respondents have a defined “cloud” strategy and 60% are working on defining a “cloud” strategy. When asked how they will leverage the cloud, 20% of the respondents plan on moving archive to the cloud, 41% plan on using the cloud for server/compute power and 25% for backup and storage related activities. With regards to public cloud adoption, 33% of respondents use some sort of public cloud offering today with another 31% that plan to use a public offering in the near future.

About Corus360
Corus360 is a technology consulting and solutions company with more than 10 years of success delivering infrastructure solutions, recovery and consulting services that help organizations reduce costs, increase efficiencies and maximize productivity. We specialize in best of breed infrastructure solutions, IT management consulting, application development, Data Center technologies, disaster recovery, managed services and enterprise applications. For more information, visit http://www.corus360.com.

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