In an earlier blog, we looked at some of the common mistakes made by businesses when it comes to disaster recovery planning. And, one of the biggest failures, was not having any plan in place at all. But, even where you have taken the threat seriously, how can you be sure that your disaster recovery strategy is bulletproof?
Regularly update your disaster recovery plan
Today, the systems and technology we use in our businesses are continually evolving. And the speed of IT advancement isn’t going to slow down any time soon. Just think about all the upgrades and improvements you’ve made over the last 12 months.
As such, any organisation that last looked at their disaster recovery plan five years ago could find that it is severely out of date. To make sure your plan doesn’t let you down when you need it most, make sure that you review and revise it annually. You should also do this after any significant infrastructure upgrade.
Test your plan
It’s not enough to just look at the paperwork. You also have to test your plan to make sure that it works in practice. To do this, you should:
- Establish what aspects of the plan are being evaluated. E.g. how quickly you can recover your data should there be a failure at your primary data centre
- Set out how you will measure whether the test is successful
- Set out a specific time to carry out the test. You should also make sure that it does not impact on your day-to-day operations
- Carry out the test and collect the results once completed
- Examine the results and identify whether the test was successful
- Identify if there were any failures or aspects of your plan which could be improved
- Identify how critical any failures are and put a schedule in place to address these
- Revise and re-test the disaster recovery plan as necessary.
Make sure your disaster recovery plan is accessible
This might sound like common sense, but it’s not unusual for a business to draft a comprehensive plan only to find that they can’t access it during a power outage. Make sure your disaster recovery plan is accessible regardless of the disaster you are facing. The last thing you need is for your plan to be stored on the same network it was meant to restore!
Make sure everyone has access to the same plan
Depending on the situation your business is facing, different people might need access to your plan. As such it’s also essential that everyone is working to the same version.
Think about what could happen if you can’t get access to your offices
As well as your IT systems going down, you could find your physical offices become inaccessible. So, as well as making sure you have hard copies of your plan stored at your place of work, the plan should also be accessible if there is not an office or network to go back to.
Prepare for all types of disasters
Modern disasters don’t just include things like fire and floods (although it’s essential to plan for those too). Today, failures come in all shapes and sizes and with things like cybercrime and data breaches rarely out of the headlines, it pays to be prepared. Make a list of all possible disasters, and think what you can do to make the chances of each one happening as small as it can be. Then set out how you should react if it happens anyway.
Train your staff
It doesn’t matter how good your plan is if your staff don’t know what to do with it. Your team must be trained on what to do in a disaster recovery situation.
Protect your data with Cloud Geeni
At Cloud Geeni, our cloud storage boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up. So, if a failure occurs the backup will immediately cut across to its sibling, so there is no loss of service and no downtime. Moreover, your data is replicated in near real-time over at another data centre – at a separate location – in case of unexpected events such as floods and fires. Every night your data is backed up again, and you can decide how many of these daily backups to keep.
What’s more, complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, all our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified to ensure you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data.
Our data centres are also fitted with fire detection and suppression systems, temperature controlled to ensure optimum performance and protected by Iris recognition entry systems. They also have backup power supplies for independent running.
This means that we offer robust connectivity while making sure that your sensitive business data is protected at all times. So, with Cloud Geeni you never have to worry about losing critical business information because your data is entirely recoverable should something go wrong.
For more information on how our cloud-based products and services can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.