New Catalysts Driving Disaster Recovery Initiatives

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The Role of the C-Suite

The final factor sparking a rise in disaster recovery initiatives relates to increasing executive influence over IT spending decisions. The same IDG Research/Datalink survey cited earlier revealed growing pressure to align IT investment strategy to business needs, with risk mitigation ranking near the top of the list of C-suite concerns. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning fit squarely in the risk mitigation category, putting these projects clearly in the crosshairs of IT teams.

And that makes perfect business sense. Whether ensuring maximum uptime for customer-related services — like company websites — ecommerce operations and order processing systems or providing supply chain assurance for key accounts, every organization needs to protect the functions that keep the doors open and the profits flowing. It's an insurance policy that no company can do without.

Traditionally, most disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity projects have been triggered by a recognition that natural and manmade disasters can strike at any time. Events like the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and numerous other high-profile disasters have highlighted the vulnerability of corporate infrastructure and data to damage or destruction, along with the need to mitigate the risk by implementing a plan for rapid restoration of critical IT systems and data.

More recently, other issues have been pushing DR planning to a higher slot on the priority list. That's reflected in the fact that 70 percent of IT executives at large U.S. companies responding to a recent IDG Research/Datalink survey indicated that they have disaster recovery initiatives on the table. Only security projects ranked higher.

In this slideshow, Paul Thomann, senior manager, Cloud Services Management and IT Resiliency at Datalink, looks at the catalysts that are reinvigorating disaster recovery initiatives.


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