SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

September 05, 2007 13:48 ET

Data Recovery Management: Are You Ready?

82% of Best-in-Class Companies Have a Formal, Written Data Protection and Recovery Management Policy in Place

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - Data protection and recovery management are gaining in importance as more companies put a higher priority level on data restoration by instituting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that include Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), according to a recent benchmark report by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS).

Aberdeen surveyed more than 200 respondents and results showed that 82% of Best-in-Class companies have a formal, written data protection and recovery management policy in place compared to 51% of the industry average and 33% of laggards. Furthermore, 57% of Best-in-Class organizations have implemented its recovery management policy at the executive level compared to 29% of industry average and 14% of the laggards. "Data protection and recovery technologies have changed significantly in the past few years. Once comprised solely of backup applications and tape, today's data recovery processes are increasingly relying on evolving disk-based backup and restore technologies," says Avner Kedmi, Research Director, Data Management & Storage at Aberdeen.

Best-in-Class companies are ahead of the curve in laying the groundwork for best practices when it comes to setting measurable RTOs and RPOs. "These companies also have a better handle on whether such policies are translating into a higher guarantee of data and application recovery," explains Kedmi.

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