The Shocking Statistics Around Business Disaster Recovery Plans


Disaster recovery is like going to the dentist – it really is unavoidable, yet most people keep postponing doing so until it is too late. In a survey by, just under a third of respondents had no disaster recovery system in place. Which means that in case of fire, rain damage, hurricanes, buildings collapsing or something as simple as the IT guy spilling his coffee on the server, some or all of the business’ data would be lost. Suddenly, getting that data recovery system in place doesn’t seem like so much work now, does it?


The good news is that 39% of these disaster recovery plan latecomers are busy developing one, the bad news is that 26% of them says that they don’t have the budget for one. Shockingly, almost a third said that they simply had not gotten around to it – which is a bit like poking a bear with a short stick.


Of the companies with disaster recovery systems in place, 41% was highly confident that their system would work, while 41% was moderately confident. Two percent said that they had no confidence in their disaster recovery systems – which makes the system redundant, just as they might soon be too.


To summarise, the main reasons why companies had no disaster recovery system in place were as follows:

  • 39% were in the process of developing one.
  • 29% haven’t yet gone around to it.
  • 26% lacked the budget for one.
  • 20% felt that it was good enough to just make backups.
  • 17% lacked the staff.
  • 14% felt it was unnecessary.
  • 9% had other reasons.

(Multiple selections were permitted.)

When asked about backups, it was heartening to see that almost a third of respondents had already embraced the cloud as a platform for backup. The bad news was that 43% said they used off-site tape storage and 41% simply mentioned tape backup – which is shocking, as tape technology doesn’t really feature anymore and is as redundant as shoulder pads and teased-up hairdos.

The response on backup methods can be summarised as follows:

  • 59% preferred disk backup.
  • 51% used disks stored at a remote, off-site location.
  • 43% used tapes stored at a remote, off-site location.
  • 41% simply cited tape backups.
  • 29% used co-location services for their backup storage.
  • 28% had discovered the cloud as safe place to store their backups.
  • 19% used a disaster recovery monitoring application.
  • 18% opted for online vaulting as backup platform.

(Multiple selections were permitted.)

It is clear that too many companies still do not appreciate the necessity of having a disaster recovery system in place.



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