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Alarming Research reveals Australian IT departments grossly unprepared for disaster

  • 13 October, 2004 15:30

<p>For Immediate Release</p>
<p>Alarming Research reveals Australian IT departments grossly unprepared for disaster</p>
<p>Ninety-two per cent of global companies to face serious consequences if they had to implement their Disaster Recovery plans.</p>
<p>Sydney, 13 October 2004 – An independent report has found Australian companies are grossly unprepared in the event of a disaster. Released by VERITAS Software, the report reveals 56 per cent of companies surveyed admitted they would have no idea how long it would take to achieve skeletal operations should a disaster occur.</p>
<p>The third annual study – The Disaster Recovery Research Report 2004 – conducted by UK-based Dynamic Markets Ltd., surveyed 1,259 IT professionals around the world including 50 from Australia’s largest organisations.</p>
<p>While a staggering 51 per cent of Australian respondents have had to execute their Disaster Recovery (DR) plans either in part or in full over the past 12 months, 81 per cent admitted there were “barriers” to testing their current DR plans. The top three barriers include:</p>
<p>1. Resources, in terms of budget (40 per cent)
2. Disruption to employees (36 per cent)
3. Resources, in terms of people’s time (32 per cent).</p>
<p>“With so much pressure on big business to ensure business continuity, corporate governance and protect shareholder confidence this report is a harrowing indication that most company’s DR plans are little more than a house of cards,” Simon Elisha, Strategic Technical Architect for VERITAS Software said. “Or rather, companies may recognise the risks involved but feel powerless to mitigate them.”</p>
<p>The risk of an inadequate DR plan is substantial with over half (58 per cent) of Australian respondents pointing to a reduction in profits as the biggest consequence of a disaster striking given their existing DR plans. Other consequences identified by respondents include:</p>
<p>Data loss (54 per cent)
Reduction in revenue (50 per cent)
Decreased employee productivity (50 per cent)
Damage to a company’s competitive standing in the marketplace (38 per cent)</p>
<p>The report found the top three perceived threats of disaster in Australia are:</p>
<p>1. Computer Failure, i.e. hardware and software (77 per cent)
2. External Computer Threats, e.g. viruses and hackers (73 per cent)
3. Natural Disaster, e.g. fire and flood (65 per cent)</p>
<p>Meanwhile 66 per cent of respondents said they have not calculated the cost of internal computer threats such as malicious employee behavior.</p>
<p>“Compared to the results of the 2003 survey, the frequency of disaster recovery execution has increased significantly, with over half indicating they had to execute on their disaster recovery plans compared to 33 per cent in the previous year,” Elisha said. “This implies that 18 per cent - almost 1-in-5 - companies have implemented their DR plan for the first time in the last 12 months.”</p>
<p>When presented with a scenario where a natural disaster (e.g., fire or storm) completely destroyed the company’s primary data centre, 43 per cent worldwide had no idea how long it would take to achieve normal operations or even skeletal operations. Fifty-six per cent of Australian companies were in this situation.</p>
<p>“This suggests Australian companies are significantly behind their international counterparts when it comes to knowing how badly they would be affected in the event of losing their primary data centre,” Elisha said.</p>
<p>Just three per cent globally felt they could carry on with business as usual immediately and only 28 per cent believed they could resume skeletal operations within less than 12 hours. According to the research results, the average time it takes for companies to establish skeletal operations following a major fire disaster is more than 72 hours. The potential business impact resulting from a disaster included reduced employee productivity (62 per cent), reduction in profits (40 per cent) and damage to customer relationships (38 per cent).</p>
<p>The research also revealed that only 44 percent of companies surveyed use data restoration or backup software for disaster recovery purposes. “With backup being the most important component of a disaster recovery plan, this is an alarming statistic,” said Elisha.</p>
<p>The report also indicated only nine per cent of organisations use data replication software and even fewer respondents, just five per cent, use high availability clustering software. “Replication software such as VERITAS Volume Replicator™ should be leveraged to achieve higher levels of data availability while clustering software, similar to VERITAS Cluster Server™ should be used to ensure application availability. Both technologies are vital to retrieving the critical applications of a business operation in the event of a disaster.”</p>
<p>“Given the political and economic climate, Australian companies, more than ever, need to be prepared for a disaster with a reliable and tested DR plan in place,” Elisha said. “VERITAS leads the world in addressing DR issues with the software, expertise and support to help companies ensure they are ready for anything.”</p>
<p>An executive summary of the research report can be accessed by visiting:
http://eval.veritas.com/mktginfo/products/White_Papers/High_Availability/dynamic_markets_executive_summary.pdf</p>
<p>About VERITAS Software
VERITAS Software, one of the 10 largest software companies in the world, is a leading provider of software to enable utility computing. In a utility computing model, IT resources are aligned with business needs and business applications are delivered with optimal performance and availability on top of shared computing infrastructure, minimizing hardware and labor costs. With 2003 revenues of $1.75 billion, VERITAS delivers products for data protection, storage and server management, high availability and application performance management that are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. More information about VERITAS Software can be found at www.veritas.com</p>
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<p>Press Contacts:
Narelle Wilson, General Manager Marketing, Australia and New Zealand, VERITAS Software
(61 2) 8220 7000, narelle.wilson@veritas.com</p>
<p>Fiona Martin, Account Director, Max Australia
(61 2) 9954 3492, fiona.martin@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
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