Many recent studies have revealed there is a worrying lack of regular testing of the viability of backups, and there are good reasons for that. Finding time to run tests without disrupting day-to-day usage seems an impossible task, which is why many organisations rely on a ‘fingers-crossed it will work’ strategy. Risky – but frighteningly common.
Although often perceived as a necessary evil – regular disaster recovery testing is about more than seeing how well a business will cope if their systems fail. Comprehensive, objective DR testing can throw up interesting information about what is and isn’t working properly in your IT infrastructure, as well as give you a much needed level of recovery assurance.
We all know that the protection of data and systems is crucial to business continuity. Any loss of that data could be catastrophic. Disasters are inevitable in the life of an organization – whether man-made, natural or mechanical – and inevitably cause mayhem when machines storing valuable data become unavailable.