Backup and disaster recovery are two services you never want to have trouble with. However, mistakes do happen.
Malware, a crashed server, fire or a disgruntled employee are all reasons you could face a data recovery situation. Are you prepared to handle it? Sure, you think you have it all handled. After all, what else are those daily backups for? However, when it comes to restoring your data the trouble can come with how quickly and efficiently you can make that happen. Every minute of downtime is another dollar.
When disaster strikes, only a properly implemented backup and disaster recovery plan will keep your business afloat. Not just any one-size-fits-all plan, even though they exist, will do the job.
Here are some of the most common back and recovery mistakes enterprises make- and how to avoid them.
Mistake 1: Going at it alone
The responsibility of creating a disaster recovery strategy may fall onto the IT department, but it can not only fall on them alone. Recovery is an enterprise-wide responsibility that should include users, leads, financial managers and legal experts. They can help prioritize which applications and data is mission critical. Managed Service Providers can help create, test and implement recovery plans to properly protect business resources.
Mistake 2: Overlooking the People Part
Disaster recovery is heavily involved in IT equipment and data, but it must also account for your physical locations, power supplies, communications and people. Think of things like, offsite locations for employees to work and what they will need to continue operations in case of in emergency. If your employees are educated on the proper steps to take during a disaster, you can get your business up and running quickly and efficiently.
Mistake 3: Not Testing for all Scenarios
The next step after establishing your DR plan, is to test it. And test it regularly under what-if scenarios. If you can’t be confident in your plan normally, you won’t be comfortable under extreme pressure. Conducting tests can help you identify and mitigate weaknesses while building confidence in your plan.
Mistake 4: Not having Backup for your Backup Plan
What if something goes wrong to your backup plan? Have a backup for your backup. No backup plan is foolproof, so continuously bolster yours by building robust redundancy at off-site locations. If your original backup site or files get corrupted, you’ll have another area to pull from.
Mistake 5: Considering Data Recovery a Onetime Deal
As business evolves and changes are made, it only makes sense that your disaster recovery plan must change to align properly. Revisit and update your plan several times a year, as well as whenever big changes are made.
While there many never be a completely foolproof backup and disaster plan, you can definitely create an effective plan that will get you through the tough times. With careful planning, regular testing and constant updates, your plan can withstand whatever comes your way.
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