Set specific DR metrics and test, refine, and test again

This week I want to continue examining the good news coming out of the 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council .  Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the Annual Report offers several insights into the best practices of companies that are better prepared to recover from outages or disasters.

You can download the report for free at http://drbenchmark.org/

Specifically, I want to explore what organizations are doing to set specific DR metrics for RTOs and RPOs so they can measure and test their DR performance—and hopefully enhance their ability to manage recovery faster and more effectively.

Results from the survey indicate that more prepared organizations set specific DR metrics for RTOs and RPOs.  These organizations, for example, define specific Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives for each of their mission critical business services such as Customer Orders, Finance, and Email communications.

Building a DR plan with detailed objectives and then following through by testing those objectives with planned failures enables an organization to practice their Disaster Recovery Plan and make refinements to improve it. These organizations not only scored well but they achieve true confidence in their DR preparedness.

There is a free tool that can help you test your own Recovery Time Actuals or RTAs in VMware environments.

It appears that persistence in DR Planning, as in most other practices, pays off.  Organizations that repeat DR tests that fail and make adjustments, along with updating their DR plans as their configurations change, were among the top scorers in the best practices benchmark survey.

Transparency also seems to play an important role in best practice DR plans. Better prepared companies publish their DR results internally and those that had a compliance regulation to publish them performed even better. Thus, testing your DR plan as often as possible and sharing your results reinforces a much better, more actionable and reliable DR Plan.

Once again, I remind you that there are several steps you can take right now to improve your own DR preparedness:

Visit the www.DRbenchamrk.org website for your free copy of the 2014 Annual Report

Reserve 15 minutes to take the online benchmark survey to see how you are doing compared to others

Get a free trial of PHD Virtual ReliableDR and see how you can affordably test your recovery capabilities every week, every day or every hour if you want—a breakthrough in DR planning and preparedness.

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