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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Question of the Month: How often do you think your DR plan should be tested? "Once a year, to make sure all involved personnel are up to speed with the procedures in place." --Ginny Galletta, IT systems engineer III, Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, MA "Your DR plan is only as good as the last time you performed it. In a rapidly changing critical services environment where services and administration change daily, then a DR testing plan should be the same, tested daily or weekly. On the other hand, if testing a plan means you have to take applications down in order to fail over, then either updating your DR environment to alleviate this or testing less frequently would probably be considered." --Mark T. Petersen, enterprise storage team lead, University of Iowa Healthcare, Iowa City, IA "I expect a test completed quarterly; yearly, we do a complete application test." --Paul Roth, backup/restore systems specialist, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH Access >>>

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