Manage Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.

Five common disaster planning and recovery pitfalls to avoid

4/6

Eschew test scheduling pile-ups in a business disaster recovery plan

SearchCIO's #CIOChat participants say that preparation is essential for running a proper test of a business disaster recovery plan. Disaster recovery expert Paul Kirvan cautioned that if IT fails to plan, it might as well plan to fail, and subsequently stressed the need for attentive DR test scheduling -- a topic our sister site SearchDisasterRecovery has covered extensively.

"A test plan is prepared and presented to management so that resources can be pre-allocated for the coming series of test activities. Then, discrete plans are made for each of the testing events scheduled for the next 12 months," expert Jon Toigo explained in a recent column. "Each test event is executed per schedule, with recovery tasks and procedures played out in a nonlinear fashion to optimize test time."

Kirvan and Toigo both recommend testing interdependent tasks separately to keep the failure of one test procedure from affecting the entire event. Failing to align test scheduling in advance and consciously -- or unconsciously -- overlapping tests could prove unproductive and demonstrate false results.

View All Photo Stories

Join the conversation

2 comments

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

How far in advance do you plan tests of your business disaster recovery plan?
Cancel
Which "you" are you asking? Executive management ought to be planning some surprise readiness tests for their people, since tests planned out for months don't mimc real-world conditions. Technical folks should plan for surprises at any time. Management should weigh the costs and benefits of testing with the business, auditors, and other stakeholders to keep from negatively impacting the various bottom lines.
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCompliance

SearchHealthIT

SearchCloudComputing

SearchMobileComputing

SearchDataCenter

Close