Why You Need a Database Disaster Recovery Plan
A database disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a document that outlines the steps an organization just like yours will follow to recover its mission-critical databases in the event of a disaster. A disaster can be anything from a natural disaster like a flood or fire to a man-made disaster like a cyberattack. It’s really anything that creates the situation where you need to recover from backups and get things running again.
A DRP should include, at a minimum, the following information:
- The critical databases that need to be recovered
- The steps that need to be taken to recover each database
- The people who are responsible for each step
- The contact information for those people
A DRP should be tested regularly to ensure that it is up-to-date and that the steps outlined in it can be executed successfully. You are never really sure that the backups you take are good for anything unless you test restoring them.
Why You Should Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan Annually
Testing your DRP at least annually is important for several reasons:
- It ensures that the plan is still accurate and up-to-date
- It identifies any gaps or weaknesses in the plan
- It gives everyone involved in the recovery process a chance to practice their roles
- It helps to build confidence in the plan
How XTIVIA’s Virtual-DBA Can Help
The XTIVIA Virtual-DBA team can help you with all aspects of your database disaster recovery planning, including:
- Developing a DRP
- Testing your DRP
- Implementing your DRP
- Providing ongoing support for your DRP as well as all of your database systems
We have a team of experienced database professionals, we call them DBAs, or by their actual names, who can help you create a DRP that is tailored to your specific business needs. Our team can also perform the steps to test your plan to help you ensure that your DRP is effective.
The Importance of Having Clean Underwear
Yes, we are going there. Your mother probably told you to always make sure you are wearing clean underwear, just in case you get into an accident. The same is true for having a database disaster recovery plan. You never know when a disaster might strike, so it is important to be prepared. Make your mom proud!
Having a DRP in place will give you peace of mind knowing that you are prepared to recover your databases in the event of a disaster. It will also help you minimize the impact of a disaster on your business.
If you do not have a database disaster recovery plan in place, I encourage you to contact the XTIVIA Virtual-DBA team today. We can help you develop and annually test a plan that will protect your data and your business. Then call your Mother.
Contact XTIVIA’s Virtual-DBA Team Today
To learn more about how XTIVIA’s Virtual-DBA Services can help you with your database disaster recovery planning, please contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and to help you get started to help you meet your specific needs.