Insurers are in the business of assessing and overcoming risk, so ensuring disaster recovery and business continuity in the data center ought to be second nature. Still, preliminary results coming from an ongoing survey by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council should give pause to IT executives everywhere. That is, most data centers are woefully unprepared to handle disruptions. And we're not talking about Hurricane Sandy-style takedowns; the greatest threat is small, everyday glitches.

The DRPC found, for example, that 72 percent of IT executives admit they are failing in terms of disaster readiness. A majority, 51 percent, give themselves an “F” grade, and 21 percent assign their DR preparedness efforts a “D.” No one gave themselves an “A,” and only 7 percent felt they were even worthy of a “B.”

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