Disaster Recovery: Best Practices

  • Know your data: The importance of data—and the tolerance for its unavailability—should determine the level of protection applied.
  • Run data volume restoration tests often to ensure backup integrity.
  • Run full systems restoration tests on at least a quarterly basis, evaluating recovery speeds and procedures.
  • To ensure backward and forward compatibility, buy technology from companies with proven track records and clear product road maps.
  • If you havent already, plan to centralize backup. Doing so will reduce management overhead and leverage shared devices such as tape libraries.