- Test your backup/recovery (including cloud backup) at least one a year and make sure it actually works the way you want it to.
- Keep install files for your software, including security keys.
Friday, June 29, 2012
An interactive eGuide: Backup Solutions. Computerworld. June 2012. [PDF]
Disaster recovery is the ability to continue your mission-critical operations after an interruption of some kind. An organization must be able to restore applications and processes to the point where they were before the outage occurred. Organizations “with a business continuity plan and disaster recovery plan have the ability to get back to a semblance of normalcy in a much shorter span of time than those without.”
Instead of focusing on technology, put disaster recovery processes in place; prepare for the most likely causes of downtime. Decide what is most important. Store your data away from your physical site in the event of a natural disaster. Develop strategies to address operational continuity, IT recovery, and communication needs. Understand all parts of the backup procedures.
“Backup is really the insurance policy that you hope you never have to cash.