Disaster Recovery a Growing Challenge for Government IT
The survey also indicated feds are facing unprecedented data growth and must address backup solutions nearing capacity.Just 8 percent of federal IT executives are completely confident that their agency could recover 100 percent of its data in the event of a disaster, according to a report from MeriTalk, an online community and go-to resource for government IT. The study also revealed that while agencies might feel prepared, they are not testing their systems as often as they should and face challenges with data growth, mobile devices and on-site backup. Only one in four federal workers give their agency an "A" in data resilience and disaster recovery (DR2) preparedness. However, in the last 12 months, only 54 percent of agencies have tested their ability to meet their data recovery service level agreements (SLAs), and federal IT professionals say agencies should test their DR2 systems twice as often as they currently do. In addition, 30 percent of federal IT pros say their current DR2 solution is insufficient today or near its limit. The survey found 59 percent of agencies do not use any form of cloud-based DR2 solutions, and federal IT pros estimate that only 53 percent of data stored on mobile devices could be reliably restored inside of their SLA. In addition, fewer than half said their current solution includes a dedicated network switch, network-attached storage or tape array.
Despite this lack of resources, the survey indicated feds are facing unprecedented data growth and must address backup solutions nearing capacity. By 2015, agencies expect the amount of data they need to back up to grow by 39 percent. The average agency has 51 percent capacity left in its current backup solution. Worryingly, 2.5 is the average number of times IT pros say their agencies tested disaster recovery solutions in the last 12 months, while 5.3 is the average number of times those same IT pros would recommend their agency test its disaster recovery system with a 100 percent failover.