A June 2016 survey reveals that a whopping 95% of respondents had to use their Disaster Recovery Plan in the past twelve months! The survey reached out to 250 UK decision makers to see how they approach and leverage their DR plans.
Here’s the rub: over 50% faced issues during the Disaster Recovery process, even though they were confident they would be successful. [source: HostReview.com]
Ever Tested Your Disaster Recovery Plan?
Almost 66% of those surveyed not only had a Disaster Recovery plan, but had a trained team and tested their Disaster Recovery plans either quarterly or twice a year.
Stop and think about that: These companies trained, they tested, yet when it came time they had to use it, (and almost all of them did) they still had issues.
What about you? Have you ever tested your Disaster Recovery Plan?
How confident are you that it will save your business when you need it?
If you have any doubt, schedule a testing of your Disaster Recovery Plan and see what falls out.
When Did You Last Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan?
Disasters occur all the time, everything from the deletion of a critical file to a full on fire, flood, or natural disaster.
I suspect, however, that your business has probably changed in some way since you last created your Disaster Recovery Plan. Is it time for a review?
Would your current plan support a failure of your current business? Would you survive “The Big One”? – like the Fort McMurray fire disaster here in Canada and the disaster lessons from that?
You don’t want to be one of the statistic that says 70% of businesses either don’t re-open, or fail within three years.
Review your plan to your current business, make the necessary changes.
“But I Have Backups!”
We are a cloud backup provider, but having a cloud backup is only one part of your Disaster Recovery Plan, it doesn’t include things like replacing equipment, finding places for staff to work, etc. For example; we can help you recover your data, but you still need to buy a computer to restore it to.
Yes, backups are a critical component of your Disaster Recovery Plan, but the plan needs more.
Where To Go From Here?
- If you have a Disaster Recovery Plan review it, then schedule a time to test it.
- If you don’t have one, start one. There are quite a few resources out there to help you put one together.
- Now put a reminder in your calendar for no more than six months from now to review it again.
Disasters aren’t planned, you don’t know when you’ll get hit. Do what you can to be ready.
Have you experienced a disaster? Did you test you plan? We’d love to know about it.