Disaster can happen any time without even the strongest company not knowing how to deal with it. It is an event that happens suddenly and usually no one can predict it when it may occur. In simple terms, it is an accident that causes great damage to a company. Some of the damage that it may cause may be companies not being able to process customer orders or credit card transactions which can lead to loss of revenue. This is why disaster recovery testing needs to be done at least once every year to prepare the organization in case something like this is to ever happen to them.
Disaster Recovery testing is the type of testing done to “ensure the organization can recover data, restore business-critical applications and continue operations after an interruption of services.” There are very many instances that can cause the services to be interrupted.
Below are some of the instances that can cause services to be interrupted
- Power or electricity going out
- Servers or Software crush when overloaded
Advantages of Disaster Recovery testing
- Disaster recovery creates awareness in case one of the core functions of the software service is interrupted, everyone should know what to do so that there is less panic. This leads to less chaos until the system is restored to its previous state.
- More so, it validates assumptions by bringing to the forefront and the tested just in case an accident is to ever happen. This helps the participants to be ready whenever or if it ever happens. It is very hard to anticipate the nature of possible disruptive events.
- Furthermore, disaster recovery testing improves company confidence by not worrying about any accident happening to their operations because they have tested most scenarios they can think of. For instance, power going out and causing disruptions on the servers, if the backup generator has been tested, then, there is no worry. It will turn on automatically.
Most companies now have disaster recovery testing plan just in case an accident or catastrophe is even to happen to their data and how to restore it back so that operations can resume. If a company doesn’t have this plan in place and a disaster occurs, it can lead to loss of business which can lead to a ripple effect in a company. This can lead to loss of business from customers.