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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 02:44

The cloud is playing an increasing part in business continuity and disaster recovery

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Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is the most popular business continuity and disaster recovery cloud based solution for businesses, with security still the number one criteria for picking a cloud service

Research conducted by Databarracks has revealed a significant disparity between organisations’ attitudes and approaches to business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR). The findings indicate that while medium and large organisations are confidently implementing Business Continuity Plans (BCPs), small organisations are putting themselves at risk by failing to follow suit. 

The findings are part of Databarracks’ fifth annual Data Health Check report, which surveys over 400 IT professionals in the UK on the changing ways in which technology is used by businesses today.

When the survey looked at the kind of cloud services businesses are adopting for BC and DR the top one was Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with 18%, closely followed by Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) both on 15% with 15%, and with Software as a Service at 13%.

When asked the most important factors when they selected a cloud app the majority (62%) cited Security, followed by functionality  with nearly two fifths (38%) and a third said reputation, SLAs were strangely in fourth place with just 21% saying they were important.

‘Lack of time’ was deemed to be the biggest factor for all organisations not testing their disaster recovery plans (35%), this was closely followed by ‘cost’ (18%) and ‘lack of skilled staff to carry out testing’ (18%). This figure, however, is expected to change over the next 12 months as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is expected to have one of the highest up takes of cloud services across all organisations.

The results revealed that only 30% of small organisations had a BCP in place, compared with 54% of medium and 73% of large businesses. Perhaps even more concerning is that when asked if the organisation intended to implement a BCP in the next 12 months, over 40% of small organisations had no intention to do so.

In light of these findings Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, states that disaster recovery services are no longer a luxury but a necessity for all organisations, regardless of size: “It isn’t a surprising trend for larger organisations to be more likely to have a business continuity plan than smaller organisations. What we do find surprising is that it is only 30% of respondents from small organisations, and around half of medium sized, even have a BCP at all. Two of the main reasons for the disparity are cost and time. Larger organisations have dedicated Business Continuity Managers but in the smaller organisations the responsibility falls to the Managing Director or CEO and the IT Manager to own the plan and handle disaster recovery.

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