Enterprises step-up their DR strategies: Symantec DR survey

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Symantec announced India's findings of its fifth annual IT Disaster Recovery

survey, which demonstrates rising disaster recovery (DR) pressures on

enterprises caused by soaring downtime costs and more stringent IT service level

requirements to mitigate risk to the business.

Anand Naik

Director-Systems Engineering,

Symantec India

Even as 79 percent of Indian enterprises faced computer system failures in

the last one year, virus attacks (67 percent) and fear of data loss (51 percent)

are the major initiators for disaster recovery plans in Indian enterprises.

Changes in technology infrastructure (e.g. virtualization, blade computing etc.)

natural disasters, pressures from customers, suppliers, and competition and

compliance factors are other major factors that prompt the Indian enterprises to

opt for a disaster recovery plan. Owing to disasters-67 percent of Indian

enterprises fear loss of data, while 63 percent of the enterprises are concerned

about damage to customer loyalty and 49 percent of the enterprises are concerned

about damage to competitive standing in the market.

“Disaster recovery is now a boardroom discussion in Indian enterprises. The

extent of dent and damage caused by downtime due to natural, manmade and system

disasters and the business continuity issues arising from it have made Indian

CIOs take a 360 degrees view on mitigation strategies,” said Anand Naik,

Director-Systems Engineering, Symantec India. “But as enterprises confront

complexities of protecting virtual environments, flat budgets and increasing

internal and external risks, disaster recovery strategies should be constantly

evaluated and upgraded,” he added. The fifth annual IT Disaster Recovery survey

highlights that while recovery time objectives were reduced to four hours in

2009, disaster recovery testing and virtualization are still major challenges

for enterprises. Respondents report that DR testing increasingly impacts

customers and revenue, and one in four tests fails.

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