Study: 60 percent of businesses do not have a documented disaster recovery plan

When it comes to cloud computing, one major benefit that experts tout is its disaster recovery capabilities. The ability to house information and access it remotely makes it easy to keep working in the confines of your home or from a temporary work space following the results of a Hurricane or power outage at the main office location. While there are tools out there to create a solid disaster recovery plan, many organizations are not doing it.

The recently created Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) council released the results of a survey that found concerning numbers. According to the study, 72 percent of businesses received either a grade of D or F when it comes to disaster readiness. This stems from the fact that 60 percent of organizations do not have a fully documented plan in place and 40 percent said that when facing their worst data loss incident, their current plan proved ineffective.

Dave Simpson, the Senior Storage Analyst for 451 Research, spoke with the blog Sys-Con about the results of the study and called the outcome "startling." He added that it highlights the need for IT organizations to "significantly improve their disaster recovery processes."

Data loss and corruption can come in multiple forms, and it seems as if organizations are ill prepared for all of them. By partnering with an IT consulting firm that specializes in cloud computing, any organization can start the process of virtual backup and computing. This is the first step in creating a proper disaster recovery plan.

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