If a disaster were to strike, respondents have varying opinions about how well their organizations would fare. When asked if they're confident their organization could recover in a reasonable amount of time (12 to 18 hours) if a significant disaster were to make their main data center inaccessible, 45% said they're certain or very confident, 25% are somewhat confident, and 30% said they're not at all confident.
"I'm confident we could restore our data and servers. Not so sure about getting hardware shipped and loaded within 12 to 18 hours. I'd say at least a week," one respondent estimated.
Some are fully aware of the limitations in their current business continuity plans.
"It'd take 140+ hours to restore a full backup from tape," one respondent said.
"We have way too much data backed up on tape -- restoration would take days if not weeks," another echoed.
"The biggest problem will be DNS settings. While there are technical 'best practices,' we can't afford many of them, either because of license costs or recurring bandwidth charges," acknowledged another respondent.
Experience with data center disasters, however painful, can sometimes pay off in the future.
"Given that we have already seen one incident, the office has adopted cautious and diligent attention to prevention and management of similar incidents in the future," said one IT pro. "Back-up facilities have been upgraded and a new data center has been constructed."
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