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January 24, 1988

ONLY 13 DEC UK SITES SUBSCRIBE TO COMPUTER DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICE

By CBR Staff Writer

The it can’t happen to us, even if it did happen to the Open University (CI No 647) mentality still exists: only 13 sites out of a sample of 180 DEC UK sites polled by Romtec Plc formally subscribe to a computer disaster recovery service according to a survey commissioned by DEC disaster-recovery outfit Allen Computers Ltd of Egham; a further 14 sites said they had formal arrangements with neighbouring companies while 60 more said they would rely on other installations owned by their company if anything went wrong; only two of the 60 said they knew what using the other sites’ equipment would mean in practice; 60 sites admitted to having no contingency plans at all, but Allen says a further 29 – 16% – labour under the dangerous misapprehension that their DEC maintenance contracts include disaster recovery services – they don’t.

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