Survey Highlights: Data Backup and Recovery Benchmark Report

Topics: Data Archive

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In a survey of more than 1,200 data protection professionals, Iron Mountain set out to find the answers to two simple questions:

1. How are current data management programs performing relative to best practices?

2. What are the implications for backup and recovery practices going forward?

Data Backup and Recovery Challenges: Yours, Too?

When asked to rank their top data backup and recovery challenges, survey respondents were most concerned about gaining access to critical data when and where it’s needed. In fact, data recovery, data availability and disaster recovery ranked as the top three.

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Whether they are attempting to recover a single file or an entire database, data protection professionals are measured by their ability to perform under pressure with speed and efficiency.

Data Backup Windows: Are You in the 33 percent?

When asked about the challenges they experience with data backup windows — the scheduled time to perform routine backups — a surprising 67 percent of people reported having no trouble completing backups within their allotted time frames. If you’re a member of the 67 percent, nicely done!

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But don’t get too comfortable. With data volumes exploding — especially when it comes to unstructured data — how is your organization planning to respond? How can you sidestep the trap of missed backup windows when data volumes grow? What best practices can be adopted to make sure your organization doesn’t become one of the 33 percent that misses its backup windows?

Securing and Storing Backup Data: Is Your Data Protected (Really)?

48 percent of those surveyed said they store backup tapes onsite. A surprising result, right? Keeping backup media onsite means a major resource for recovering data is at risk should a true disaster occur — such as something that renders a facility unusable or inaccessible.

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Some organizations are using cloud, but many still have concerns about security, scalability and throughput of these solutions.

Retention and Destruction Policies: What’s Your Exposure?

How does your organization determine what data to save and what to destroy? No matter what approach you currently follow, you’re in good company — because survey responses to this question ran the gamut.

Retention and Destruction Policies

What’s the harm in keeping everything forever? Why should you invest time in developing and implementing a formal retention and destruction policy? There are legal ramifications to be considered — and our experts share their insights into the real problems that can arise.

Data Recovery Events: How Would You Fare?

As data volumes continue to grow, so do the hurdles between you and a successful recovery. The survey results show that while some report smooth sailing, a large number of respondents experienced significant challenges — either failing to achieve a full recovery or missing their recovery time objectives (RTOs).

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The backup and recovery landscape is changing rapidly. Recovery points and times are more aggressive. Online disk backup can help, but it also absorbs glitches and viruses in real time — putting the integrity of the backup at risk.

Do you have questions about data backup and recovery? Read our Knowledge Center stories on this subject, or contact Iron Mountain’s Data Backup and Recovery team. You’ll be connected with a knowledgeable product and services specialist who can address your specific challenges.


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