SOURCE: Burton Group

September 10, 2007 14:27 ET

Existing Data Center Disaster Recovery Plans Are Inadequate for Today's Business Standards, Says Burton Group

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Burton Group, an IT research firm focused on enterprise infrastructure technologies, today published a report outlining key business trends IT professionals must be aware of to assure business continuity during a disaster.

In the report, "Survival of the Fittest: Disaster Recovery Design for the Data Center," Richard Jones, VP and service director for Burton Group's Data Center Strategies service, says many enterprise disaster recovery (DR) plans are not on par with today's business demands.

"A number of events, including Katrina, or the ice storm that caused Jet Blue so much trouble, indicate how costly a disruption to business continuity can be for an organization," says Jones.

Calling these the "perfect storm" of issues, Jones points out key elements IT organizations must consider in order to develop a successful disaster recovery plan.

A global market has emerged in which businesses of all sizes now compete. The tolerance level is lower than ever for down data-processing systems, even for weekend maintenance.

Just-in-time manufacturing and distribution, in which stock allocations and sales revenue to suppliers are updated, calculated, and paid on a daily basis, is becoming standard business practice.

No-overhead operations have forced companies to operate with slim workforces. Equipment is allocated at nearly 100% capacity, nearly 100% of the time. These cost-cutting, profit-inflating methods, demand intricate, detailed contingency planning.

Tighter information technology (IT) budgets resulting from the tug-of-war between business operations and data-processing support have resulted in less money being available for IT operations.

Natural and human disasters have more than doubled in the past three decades according to a story in Washington ProFile, 28 Apr 2005.

Explosive data growth fueled, in part, by the rapid move to digital media throughout all industries has more than doubled corporate storage needs year over year.

New regulatory requirements mean organizations must retain corporate data for longer periods of time, and implement more advanced data availability and data protection schemes.

A series of blog posts about disaster recovery can be found on Burton Group's Data Center Strategies Blog.

Disaster recovery will also be topic of discussion at Burton Group Catalyst Conference Europe, October 23-25, Barcelona, Spain. A detailed conference agenda can be found at http://catalyst.burtongroup.com/EU07/agenda.php.

About Burton Group

Burton Group (www.burtongroup.com) helps technologists make smart enterprise architecture decisions in increasingly complex environments. Burton Group's research and advisory services focus on technical analysis of infrastructure technologies related to security, identity management, application platforms, service-oriented architecture, collaboration, content management, and network and telecom, and the data center.

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