Disaster Recovery Drills

Disaster Recovery Drills

BEST PRACTICE:

Disaster Recovery Drills

SUMMARY:

Most companies have some kind of disaster recovery plan in place even if it’s just in the form of a simple data backup routine. Some have elaborate fail-safe measures, redundant servers, parallel networks, etc. None of these are very useful if when a disaster occurs they don’t work as expected. So how do we know our DR plan will work? Will the data restore systems work? Do we know what to expect? What would be our first course of action? We can’t really know the answers to these questions until we have to put our disaster recovery plan to the test. That is why it is a best practice to always include regular disaster recovery drill as part of your DR plan.

DETAILS:

A disaster recovery drill could be done in the form of a basic walk through test where each process in the plan is carefully reviewed and any possible kinks are ironed out. This is useful, but to truly test your DR plan you’ll want to do a full simulation. This would be a procedure somewhat similar to a fire drill.

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