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Playing the Odds on Disasters
Despite data loss horror stories, many companies still don't have a DR plan in place to protect information from natural and man-made disasters. And out of the companies that do, many still have a generic plan, with one set of guidelines that apply to all disaster situations.
Recommended approach: There is no single or easy formula for DR success. A strong DR plan focuses on people, infrastructure and processes and clearly outlines how each is affected in different disaster scenarios. Seriously consider disaster situations that you deem impossible, in addition to those that are most probable, because you just never know what's going to happen. In short, hope for the best, but make sure you plan for the worst.
Failing To Test DR Plans
A common IT mistake, or shortcut, which greatly increases the risk of data loss in the event of a disaster, is failing to test DR plans or testing them on an infrequent basis.
Recommended approach: Because IT infrastructure evolves daily, thorough DR testing must be done on a consistent schedule that allows it to be adopted as yet another standard business practice. The change rate of your data is a good benchmark to determine how frequently your DR plan should be tested.
Unitrends, the company behind these tips, provides all-in-one backup solutions, including a family of scalable, all-in-one appliances and software solutions for backup, archiving, instant recovery and disaster recovery solutions to protect corporate data.
Posted: 2013-06-17 @ 7:12am PT
@dd: Retention in this context refers to the practice of retaining (keeping) backup copies of your database or other important files for a certain amount of time.
Posted: 2013-06-17 @ 12:43am PT
What is retention?