Disaster recovery and back-up are key concerns but testing is poor, according to research by the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E).
Of the 100 storage professionals who responded to SNIA-E's survey, more than half identified disaster recovery and back-up as being of greatest concern.
But only 20 indicated that they tested their disaster recovery plan every six months, while 32 ran tests only once a year. Nearly a quarter replied: "What plan?"
For back-up and restore, 41 respondents carried out planned testing every six months, with another quarter doing it annually.
But this apparent lack of readiness is in contrast to the rapid increase in data.
More than half of the companies said that their data had grown by more than 50 per cent in the past year, while 21 said that it had grown by more than 100 per cent. Nine claimed that it had swelled by more than 200 per cent.
"The results show at best a patchy adherence to acknowledged best practice, which might shock some but will come as no surprise to most of those with frontline experience," said the SNIA-E report.
Tony Ruane, sales and marketing director at storage reseller Redstor, agreed with this assessment, and added a grim account of his own experience with UK companies.
"Most organisations are in denial," he said. "I have weekly conversations with them and, when I look them in the eye and ask whether they are comfortable that they have tested disaster recovery properly, they begin to wriggle."
Ruane explained that most firms are concerned with recovering tapes from back-up and had not even considered business continuity and disaster recovery. The exception is finance houses, which are in reasonably good shape.
The research was carried out between September 2002 and January 2003.
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