Report

Disaster Recovery Exercises Fall Short Of The Finish Line

It's Time To Get Back In Shape With These 10 Tips For Improved Drills

October 26th, 2011
With contributors:
Stephanie Balaouras, Jessica McKee

Summary

If you woke up tomorrow and someone or something compelled you to run a marathon, how would you fare? It's highly doubtful that you would successfully run the 26.2 miles without months of training, drills, and exercises. It's more likely that you would run 10 to 15 miles and then collapse from exhaustion or seriously injure yourself, or both. It's possible that you might actually finish, but by walking or crawling, and it would be hours or a full day later than you expected. The same is true for disaster recovery (DR): The chance that you could successfully recover IT operations without having exercised your DR plans on a regular basis is slim at best. The chance that you could successfully recover and meet your recovery objectives is zero. Yet Forrester finds that exercising DR plans is one area in which many organizations continue to fall short. As you look at improving your preparedness, one area you cannot ignore is your exercise regimen. This report details 10 tips for updating and improving your current DR exercise program.

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