When Did You Last Test Your Backup, Recovery, and Archive Solution?

Human error. Natural disaster. Cyber attack. Corporate espionage. Intentional insider damage.
That’s just the short list explaining the need for a robust backup, disaster recovery (DR), and archive solution.
Unfortunately for your IT team, backup and DR plans aren't one-and-done. They require regular testing and revision to ensure they meet your current needs and match the latest threats.
Once your plan is in place, how — and how often — do you test its effectiveness?

  • Run simulations. This is an obvious answer, but many companies fail to perform this crucial step. Practice responding to the types of threats that you’ve faced in the past. Stay informed about new and growing threats so you can practice responding to those as well.  
  • Debrief your team after each incident. Simulations are helpful, but there’s nothing like the real thing. If any event requires putting your backup, DR, or archive plans into action, follow up with a debrief. Gather your team and find out what worked, what didn’t, and what was overlooked. Use that information to strengthen your plan.   
  • Rank the criticality of your data. Not all data is created equal. Rank your data stores from most to least critical. Also determine recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). An RTO is the longest acceptable time that your application can be offline. Determining your RTO may be dependent on the service level agreements you have in place. Your RPO is your maximum allowable data loss. In other words, how much data can you afford to lose? Having defined RTO and RPO measures helps ensure you have a right-sized system in place.
  • Determine the right frequency for testing. How often you need to test depends entirely on your business structure. If you’re a growing company that generates massive amounts of new data daily, you’ll need more frequent testing.

Do you have a strong backup, DR, and archive solution in place? If so, when was the last time you tested its strength? If it’s time to implement or strengthen your plan, please reach out to us. Contact IMPEX today to learn more about available tools to create your backup, DR, and archive solution. Call us toll-free at (877) 444-6739 or email us to learn more.