New research on the subject of IT disaster recovery and the trends for 2015 highlights that there could be a tough year ahead for business continuity departments.

The main cause of this will be budgetary restrictions. Continuity Central is showing interim research results that states 70% of companies are either keeping business continuity budgets the same, or reducing them. With 45% of companies still using backups, and 41% using on-premise servers for disaster recovery, legacy systems still make up the majority of disaster recovery solutions, however confidence in them is low, and seemingly quite rightly.

Evolve IP is reporting that of companies that experience a major incident, 11% had to contend with permanent data losses. Only 45.5% of companies feel well enough prepared to recover their IT assets in the event of a disaster. Those that are using Disaster recovery as a Service (DRaaS) feel twice as confident of their solution as those that aren’t.

But what does all this mean? Whilst reports in early 2014 from the likes of Forrester outlined that the uptake of Disaster Recovery as a Service is growing, with 22% of enterprises planning to adopt, budget limitations seem to have been prioritised over improved IT resilience and business continuity. Confidence in IT recovery will only increase when companies either utilise more modern approaches to disaster recovery or increase budgets to allow for more testing and maintenance of their legacy systems.

Many companies that have legacy systems can achieve better resilience for the same, if not lower budgets if they research the market well and identify service providers to meet their specifications. The latest technologies offered including automation and the cloud means that prices and functionality are more favourable than expected. Budget therefore shouldn’t be an inhibitor, but time spent reviewing the market and investing in the right partner is essential to making the right decision. Time and effort may therefore be the real inhibitor to improving IT resilience

Ultimately in order to improve IT resilience and reduce the expense of IT downtime, disaster recovery needs to be taken seriously and driven by the stakeholders, and then positive changes may be seen without budgetary increases being required.

By: Beth Baxter

Marketing Manager, Plan B Disaster Recovery