IDG Research: IT Executives May Be Overconfident in Disaster Recovery Capabilities

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Bluelock, a provider of Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) for complex environments and sensitive data, has commissioned a study in conjunction with IDG Research. According to the report, Disaster Recovery is emerging as a strategic priority although there’s also disparity in confidence in Disaster Recovery (DR) practices between IT executives and practitioners.

The report reveals that IT executives are prioritizing high profile issues such as data protection and are under increased pressure from internal and external constituents to deliver uninterrupted services.

Although executives are highly confident in their firms’ DR practices to prevent service disruption (64 percent) and data loss or theft (57 percent), those at IT director/manager level are far less confident (39 percent and 36 percent). The lack of confidence may be a result of better day-to-day insight into potential capability and strategy gaps by non-execs.

bluelock draasIT execs are also asking for DR strategies that free up IT resources for strategic business initiatives, which would likely receive a warm welcome from the 70 percent of IT directors/managers who believe DR is time-consuming and 64 percent who believe it’s complex and difficult to deploy.

IT Executives

“We put a significant amount of emphasis on the people and process aspects of DR in addition to the technologies,” said Pat O’Day, CTO of Bluelock. “This differentiated approach helps alleviate the pressure placed on the IT executives that we support to prove their availability strategy and recovery plans are real. Removing this burden also frees up our client’s IT teams so they can focus their energies and experience on innovative and strategic initiatives that help their business grow and develop.”

More than 50 respondents with varying levels of IT leadership positions from manager level to executive responded to the survey evaluating how IT personnel viewed disaster recovery issues. Responses came from an array of industries, including banking and financial services, manufacturing, higher education and healthcare.

To download a whitepaper that explores the IDG Research report’s findings, please visit: the Bluelock website.

With data centers in the U.S., Bluelock supports a wide range of compliance frameworks and is SSAE 16 Type II SOC 2 audited.