Disaster Recovery 101: Write out your plan and testing strategies

February 20, 2016
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It’s time for the latest installment of our six-part series on how to launch an effective backup and disaster recovery strategy. Last week we talked about how to define your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). This week, we’re focusing on the final step: Writing out and planning your testing strategies.

Now that you’ve identified the key elements of your backup plan it’s time to start setting it up. Begin by reviewing all of your settings, requirements and goals for your disaster recovery plan, and capturing them in a strategy document. Have each of your major stakeholders review the document and edit it as needed. You’ll also want to establish policies around testing and reviewing your strategy. In general it’s a good idea to test your backup strategy once a quarter just to make sure that everything is running smoothly and there’s nothing that needs to be adjusted.

Now you have a full disaster recovery strategy that will protect your critical data, and a step by step plan for putting it into action.

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