Disaster recovery second on business priority list

When most people think of a company needing to have a proper disaster recovery plan, the thought is that this is to combat a natural disaster that has caused power outages or damaged the property. However, there are several other ways that a company can find itself in need of a proper data recovery and management system.

Hardware and software can fail, viruses can corrupt operations and a single employee mistake can result in volumes of data being altered or deleted. This is why a backup is needed.

Recently, Silver Peak, a leader in accelerating data over a distance, released an infographic that examined how this idea has grown in the minds of company decision makers. In fact, data backup and recovery ranks number two on the list of priorities for IT managers.

The study found that one-out-of-five companies believe that they would not be able to survive for even a minute during an outage with minimal impact to their operations. A majority of businesses believe they would be able to last a minimum of four hours.

"Limited bandwidth, congestion, and latency due to distance make replicating data across a WAN or to the cloud challenging," the report reads. "These factors can lead to an increase Wide Area Network infrastructure costs and significantly affect total cost of ownership for offsite data protection and disaster recovery."

The study also found that 90 percent of companies currently have a disaster recovery plan in place.

With the help of an IT consulting firm that specializes in disaster recovery processes, any organization will be able to deploy and manage a successful disaster recovery plan.