SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

April 10, 2007 15:58 ET

Business Continuance, High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Aberdeen Research Found 44% of End Users Understand Best Practices Are Separate Concepts But Treat Them as a Combined Initiative

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 10, 2007 -- The once clearly defined differences in high availability, business continuance and disaster recovery are becoming blurred as more end users try to centralize the process of keeping businesses running 24/7, according to a new report by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) titled "High Availability: Data Protection and Recovery for Continuous Uptime."

"Our research shows that the process of protecting businesses against risk is evolving and it is becoming more centralized," said Sonia Lelii, a research analyst at Aberdeen Group. "Ultimately, this should weed out inefficiencies that occur when business continuance, high availability and disaster recovery are treated as three separate initiatives."

Aberdeen's research also found that organizations understand the importance of high availability in insuring their applications and data are available continuously. Eighty percent of end users cited the need to reduce unplanned downtime as the top business driver behind their high availability strategy, while 75% named the need to reduce the financial risk of data loss. Sixty-five percent named the need for applications to be up and running 24/7.

End users also are starting to associate disk-based Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with their high availability strategies: 37% of the best-in-class companies have deployed true CDP, while only 10 % of the other respondents have deployed the technology. Results also showed that more end users plan to deploy CDP as part of an overall platform as opposed to a stand-along product.

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