How to improve your Disaster Recovery Plan?

United States has been experiencing consistent disasters from time to time and the latest to join is Snowcalypses. As enterprises look back at these unprecedented cascades of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and power outages; their top priority will be to review their current enterprise disaster recovery plan.

Going forward with the fact enterprises have learnt that the affects of natural disasters on a business can be detrimental. But still, despite knowing this basic fact, it is estimated by IDC that they are still staggering number of businesses that are unprepared or under-prepared for a data disaster.

Therefore, if you are still unequipped with rock-solid data disaster plan, here are some points which will take you in the right direction and take a wise decision.

It is a known fact that growth of data, hardware upgrades and additional applications can cause a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan to become outdated, leaving you with a lack of information in the event of a disaster. However, careful planning has the potential to diminish the effects of a disaster. So, below are few simple steps that will help you to update your DR plan and prepare for the future.

Create an effective Disaster Recovery Infrastructure – First and foremost is to build a resilient infrastructure for disaster recovery. Remember, data growth can severely affect the disaster recovery infrastructure. Excess amounts of data without appropriately sized disaster hardware can increase the time necessary for an enterprise to recover, thus, delaying the goal timeline for a system recovery, known as the recovery time objective. But some solutions like StoneFly DR365 can keep your enterprise needs buoyant and can help in keeping your disaster recovery plan up to date.

Testing your Disaster Recovery plan – Very often it is observed that most enterprise IT teams avoid or ignore the need to test their DR solutions. If this goes on, then when the real time to recovery a business arrives, then most of the IT teams will become helpless. For that reason, testing turns crucial for disaster recovery, although many small to medium sized business neglect this important step. Thus, by testing your DR plan, unexpected flaws can be brought into limelight and allow your enterprise staff to become familiar with the plan, and make the transition smoother in the event of an actual data disaster. So, scheduling a DR test atleast once in six months helps in keeping your enterprise disaster recovery plan up to date.

Make sure your disaster recovery plan is up-to-date – Like how outdated transport mediums make your transportation comforts worse; in a similar way, outdated disaster recovery plans can make a data disaster even worse. Make sure that your plan is up to date with current contact info, vendor info, hardware upgrades, and lists of current apps. The list should be simple and crystal clear so that employees who are fatigued or stressed will be able to interpret them. Once a new plan is designed, make sure all the old plans are discarded and then make the new plan easily accessible.

On a conclusion note, one thing has to be engraved in the IT minds and that is natural disasters cannot be prevented. But the effects of a data disaster can be minimized by proper preparation, training and testing.

And the synopsis of this article is that preparation is key to successful disaster recovery.

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