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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

  • Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy-

    Test, Test and Test Again

    A disaster recovery plan is worthless if you don't test it. You'll never know if it will work when you need it to, and you don't want to find out it has failed after a disaster has occurred. All elements of a disaster recovery plan should be tested regularly – at least once a quarter – and recovery testing should be treated as a standard business practice.

    In addition to having employees practice their roles in a disaster situation, data protection technology must be tested to ensure you can recover from a disaster or outage within specified RTOs, RPOs and service level agreements (SLAs). You should also regularly review your disaster recovery plan to ensure its continued relevancy as business needs and technology requirements change. Your recovery plan should be treated as a dynamic document that is constantly modified to ensure continued effectiveness as your business evolves and grows.

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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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    Test, Test and Test Again

    A disaster recovery plan is worthless if you don't test it. You'll never know if it will work when you need it to, and you don't want to find out it has failed after a disaster has occurred. All elements of a disaster recovery plan should be tested regularly – at least once a quarter – and recovery testing should be treated as a standard business practice.

    In addition to having employees practice their roles in a disaster situation, data protection technology must be tested to ensure you can recover from a disaster or outage within specified RTOs, RPOs and service level agreements (SLAs). You should also regularly review your disaster recovery plan to ensure its continued relevancy as business needs and technology requirements change. Your recovery plan should be treated as a dynamic document that is constantly modified to ensure continued effectiveness as your business evolves and grows.

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.