08 Nov Business Continuity with Datto
The purpose of IT disaster recovery testing is to discover flaws in your disaster recovery (DR) plan, so you can resolve them before they impact your ability to restore operations.
For all businesses, DR testing should be considered essential. Regular testing is the only way to be certain you can restore operations quickly following an outage.
Outsourced IT support success is all about delivering a stellar customer experience and DR testing is a key part of that. If you are serious about having a top notch DR plan in place, DR testing should be a priority.
Here are a few tips that can help ensure your testing efforts are effective:
- Choose Technology That Facilitates Testing: Instant recovery technology fundamentally changed how DR testing is performed by allowing users to easily spin up virtual machines (VMs) and test the ability to restore operations. The testing process will vary depending on the backup system that you choose.
- Define the Scope of Testing: Are you testing the ability to spin up a virtual machine locally? In the cloud? Both? Is the test conducted in a cloud-based environment that mirrors the production environment? Or, is the scope broader than that? Other tests might go beyond IT—testing an emergency generator, for example.
- Test Regularly: How frequently should you perform disaster recovery tests? Unfortunately, there’s no magic number. Again, it’s a matter of balancing customer needs with your time and resources. For example, you might conduct local spin up tests quarterly and a more comprehensive cloud failover twice a year.
Being proactive in developing a backup and DR plan can be the difference in successfully recovering from a breach or losing millions to a harmful attack.
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