Certain things happen once a year. The leaves fall in autumn, snow comes in the winter, buds bloom in the spring and the temperature rises in the summer. And, at least once a year, you should test your disaster recovery plan.
A disaster recovery plan is the plan that comes into play if man-made or natural disaster strikes. For example, if a flood renders your company’s physical location inaccessible, the disaster recovery plan allows for employees to access business applications and data through the cloud. Read on to learn more about what you need to know about your annual disaster recovery plan review.
Why Do You Need to Test Your Plan Annually?
You might be asking, “What’s the point of testing our disaster recovery plan? Shouldn’t it just work when we need it?”
In life, things don’t always go according to plan. That might be because of human error or it could be due to circumstances completely out of your control. Testing your disaster recovery plan at least once a year ensures that the people responsible for carrying out the plan know what they need to do.
What Happens During an Annual Disaster Recovery Plan Test?
There are three phases to reviewing a disaster recovery plan. The first stage is evaluating the plan. Members of the team responsible for carrying out the disaster recovery plan sit down and examine it from beginning to end. Their goal is to find any missing elements or inconsistencies.
The second stage of the review is known as a tabletop exercise. During the tabletop exercise, the team members go through every step of the plan. The point of a tabletop exercise is for the team members to demonstrate their knowledge of the plan and their ability to carry it out in an emergency situation.
Finally, the team members run a simulation of a crisis. They might go off-site to restart technology and other business resources. The simulation stage of the test is crucial, because it is the real assessment of how the team members perform during a disaster.
What If the Team Fails the Test?
When it comes to disaster recovery plan testing, failure isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it can even be desirable.
If the team fails the test, it means that you’ve uncovered a problem with the process. Because you’ve made this discovery during a test and not during an actual disaster, you can fix the problem so it doesn’t take place if catastrophe strikes.
Dynamix Solutions: Your Trusted Disaster Recovery Planning Specialists
Does your organization need to formulate a disaster recovery plan? Call Dynamix Solutions today at 1-855-405-1087. Disaster recovery planning and testing are one of our specialties. Dynamix Solutions understands that companies need to focus on running their core business, not on managing IT complexities.
That’s why we take the worry and complexity of dealing with technology out of the equation. Dynamix Solutions has been managing IT for customers since 2001. Don’t let disaster catch you unprepared – contact us today.
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