Disaster Recovery Best Practices: Weekly Testing
Disaster recovery (DR) testing is a critical component to any business continuity (BC) plan, but are you testing your customers' systems often enough? A new DR report from Quorum provides guidance to MSPs on how often to test systems to identify inconsistencies and other potential issues. Here's a look at the recommendations along with some insights from Quorum CEO Larry Lang.
The company's report, Always Be Testing: Making the Case for ABT, recommends that MSPs test backup systems weekly, to prevent any disparities that could hinder the recovery of data, applications and systems. That's because an organization's infrastructure is always changing. Software and hardware is always being added and removed, while other systems are being modified, too, Quorum points out. If an organization performs a test on Tuesday, but removes a piece of hardware afterward, the testing is now out of date.
Quorum CEO Larry Lang said that ABT (always be testing) is more than just a report — it's a company initiative.
“We are trying to make traditional backup obsolete,” Lang said. “We want to help people understand understand that it's no longer an option to test servers once a quarter. It should be done every day.”
Lang added that the company does not test the backup data. Quorum tests customer servers daily to make sure that they are running functionally.
“We run the OS, the applications, and etc., all aspects of whatever that server does (CRM, ERP, billing, email, etc.) and ensure that these ‘recovery nodes’ are ready to run virtual copies of their servers are ready to take over operations in case of a disaster,” he said.
The company released a report back in January on common causes of downtime, revealing hardware as the top cause.
Quorum recently secured $11 million in Series B funding through a new investor, Toba Capital, as well as by prior investors, including Airtek Capital Group. The company currently has one data center on each coast of the U.S. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California. The company has a partner program that includes partners from around the world. Any company interested in becoming a Quorom partner can visit the company's website for more information.