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Avoiding the Five Biggest Disaster Recovery Mistakes 

by: Michael Otey 

Having a disaster recovery (DR) plan is critical for businesses of all types and sizes. This concept is a given but creating and executing good and comprehensive DR plans for most organizations is complex and difficult. Businesses today have sophisticated and interconnected infrastructures that have lots of moving parts, which makes it difficult to completely protect all of the different components. Let’s have a look at the five biggest DR mistakes that your business should try to avoid.

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  1. Inadequate testing of your DR plan — Without a doubt, the biggest mistake to avoid in your DR planning is not adequately testing. Just like programming, where an application needs to go through multiple iterations of development and testing before its ready to be released into production, the same is true of your DR plans. If you do not test your DR plans, then you can be certain they will not work when you need them. Even the best-laid plans will fail if they are not tested. Today’s IT environments are simply too complex to rely on a DR plan that is untested.
  2. Inadequate copies of your recovery data — The next big problem is not making enough copies of your critical DR data. Backup data corruption is the number one cause of failure for restore operations. The best way to protect your company from media-restore failures is by following the 3-2-1 backup rule. Make sure that you have at least three copies of your backup data with two of those copies on different media types. One copy should be kept offsite.

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