The good news: Best Practices emerging from DR Preparedness research

In reviewing the results of the new 2014 Annual Report on the State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council in this blog, I’ve focused on the bad news so far.  Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the Annual Report provides 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/

OK, so here’s the good news.  Some companies seem to be doing much better at preparing for outages and they exhibit certain traits that distinguish them from others who are not doing so well.

Here are a few examples of what companies are doing right:

  • More prepared organizations implement more detailed DR plans
  • More prepared companies set specific DR metrics for RTOs and RPOs
  • More prepared organizations test DR plans much more frequently than most

While these may seem to be common sense measures, you’d be surprised how many organizations still struggle with making them happen.

It may seem obvious, but you’ve got to invest some time upfront in putting together a DR plan that makes sense for your particular situation or company. I’ll have more news soon about how we can help you do that.

Like so many things in business, if you don’t measure your performance you have no way of knowing if you are prepared or if you are meeting your recovery and SLA goals.  RTOs and RPOs have to become part of your backup and recovery vocabulary.

If you can’t test and verify your DR plans, you won’t have any clue as to whether you can fully recover your systems in the event of a disaster or an extended outage.

I’ll go into each one of these in more detail in the coming weeks.  But for now there are several steps you can take to get started improving 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
  • Download a free tool that will help you test your own Recovery Time Actuals or RTAs in VMware environments
  • 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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