Test Data Recovery Prior To Office Power Down

Test Data Recovery Prior To Office Power Down

Prior to any planned power outage, data backup and recovery validation should be completed. A backup and recovery test is the process of assessing the effectiveness of an organization’s software, systems and methods of recovering data should the need arise.

Backup and recovery testing is an essential part of any DR plan. It’s not uncommon for testing to uncover problems in software or processes that could lead to serious loss of data. Without actually testing the backup software and systems thoroughly, you’re making an unwarranted assumption that backup and recovery will work not only during normal operations but when unforeseen events pose challenges.

Insufficient testing leaves the organization vulnerable to data loss, downtime and redundancy of effort.
Most large companies test disaster recovery plans yearly as per recommended best practices. Due to possible effects from updates to hardware on the machines to be restored to or the hardware, firmware or software on the backup system, it is important to retest when changes are made.

For most large organizations doing data recovery tests using hundreds of individual tapes on an annual basis is a daunting if not impossible task. A better idea may be to implement a disk based backup technology available through a trusted cloud service provider. Business critical servers that need regular recovery testing or added protection from security threats like ransomware would be examples of data stores to begin with.