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Five common disaster planning and recovery pitfalls to avoid

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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.

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