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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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    Practice Disaster Recovery Processes Continuously

    Identify key operational processes – step-by-step guidelines for who does what in the event of a disaster – and make sure employees are aware of and have practiced their role. Remember to consider every process that is critical to the daily operations of your business, not just IT practices. People, processes and technology change and evolve so often that it's important to schedule practice sessions on a continuous basis.

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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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    Practice Disaster Recovery Processes Continuously

    Identify key operational processes – step-by-step guidelines for who does what in the event of a disaster – and make sure employees are aware of and have practiced their role. Remember to consider every process that is critical to the daily operations of your business, not just IT practices. People, processes and technology change and evolve so often that it's important to schedule practice sessions on a continuous basis.

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the constant threat of tornadoes in the Midwest, and a looming strain on the electric grid from summer heat waves, companies must ensure that their disaster recovery strategies are rock solid and battle-tested. Downtime costs money – and a lot of it. According to the 2014 State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness report, the cost of losing business-critical applications to outages can be as high as $5,000 a minute. Companies can't afford to play Russian roulette with disaster recovery and business continuity. They need to institute a plan now – before disaster strikes. And companies today no longer have an excuse for inaction. Free tools, like BC/DR Link™, are easily accessible to help companies build and customize their own disaster recovery plan so they can confidently respond to a disaster or outage and recover their systems rapidly, effectively and efficiently.

Here are seven considerations from backup and disaster recovery leader Unitrends to keep top of mind when developing a successful disaster recovery strategy.