Want the definition of a bad day? You discover your car has a flat. After changing the tire, you find your spare is flat also!  Major headache…you are stranded; a spare without air is no help at all.

It isn’t unusual for businesses to give thought to the first steps of a backup system (think spare tire), but instead of insuring the backup is workable, preparations stop there—sadly when a failure happens, the backup is not adequate (no air in the spare). Businesses that don’t want to be caught unprepared think through the worst case scenarios to insure a successful recovery in a timely manner.

A well prepared business will actually simulate a disaster recovery scenario to test its system. It follows its documented process and recovers to the equipment designated for recovery and evaluates its level of success. If there were any steps that failed, or if the process required excessive time to complete, revisions to the plan would be made and the plan retested.

Some effective disaster preparedness suggestions:

  1. Determine Your Worst Case Scenarios – What might go wrong and how completely and quickly would you need to recover?
  2. Design The Process And Tools – Plan and document the recovery scenario and determine what personnel, hardware, and software will be needed. Document this.
  3. Test / Revise – Prove the recovery process actually works on a frequency that makes sense. If you find any gaps, address and retest.

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