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Preparing for Winter Weather

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on January 26, 2016

Those of us in Memphis may have dodged the recent “snowpocalypse” but much of the Northeast is still digging out from the feet of snow they received. This event is a great reminder that weather can have a big impact on your business.

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Topics: disaster recovery, business continuity, disaster recovery plan

Effective Disaster Recovery Planning and Strategic Testing

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on December 8, 2015

It is critical to test your disaster recovery plan to identify any flaws in the environment. Mere desktop exercises do not create foolproof disaster recovery (DR) plans. Rather, detailed testing is required to determine if the disaster recovery plan is working as it is expected to. A question arises: how do you test a DR plan to get accurate results? It isn’t reasonable to think a business can create disastrous situations to test the validity of a plan. So, what can you do? It is good to simulate a disaster scenario and follow the steps of the DR plan to identify and improve the elements. For instance, one scenario could be that the local data center is unavailable and impossible to recover due to storm, earthquake, fire or flood. What types of options are in the list to handle this situation? What is your recovery time objective (RTO)? Can you recover important data to maintain business continuity? To get answers of these questions, you need to execute one of the following tests.

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Topics: disaster recovery, Data Recovery, disaster recovery plan, recovery time, recovery time objective, cloud backup data, cloud backup, remote server

Restoring Data in Same, Similar or New Hardware Environments

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on November 10, 2015

If an organization is not well prepared for a disaster, recovery procedures can become hard. When flexibilities are not included in your disaster recovery (DR) plan, even a simple process change could turn into a complicated issue.

Therefore, it makes sense to review your disaster recovery plan to determine its reliability. Ask different questions concerning your DR plan to understand its significance during natural or man-made disasters. Here are some questions that can help you in evaluating your DR plan:

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Topics: disaster recovery, cloud backup solutions, Data Recovery, backup plan, bare metal restore, disaster recovery plan, cloud backup

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