A recent disaster recovery test for a customer has highlighted how easy the Plan B disaster recovery testing process is. The customer’s feedback following the exercise yesterday was “Just like to say thank-you for your support during yesterday’s DR test it was much appreciated. We got a lot of value out of the day. Having facilitated a lot of DR tests with various suppliers for clients Plan B has been refreshingly easy to work with!”
Plan B’s disaster recovery service replicates a customer’s IT systems, then builds a fully working standby system on an independent virtual platform, and finally automates a testing regime to test the customer’s standby system to application level. A customer’s IT system is replicated, recovered and tested every 24 hours to be 100% sure of recovery success each day, but Plan B still recommends that customers get involved in the testing process. “Although we know that a customer’s DR system is working as we run a full recovery and test every 24 hours, it’s important that the customer practices the recovery process. This gives them confidence that their service is working, but more importantly allows them to practice their process internally so that in the event of a real disaster the recovery process runs smoothly” says Ian Daly of Plan B.
“DR testing should happen as often as possible – we do it daily, but because we automate the testing process it is a lot less time consuming for us, and subsequently our customers. We recommend a test every time changes are made to a production system, which is typically around every 3 months.”
For more information on disaster recovery testing you can read our whitepaper on Business Continuity Testing – why is it so important?