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Year's best practices for disaster recovery aid resilience

The top disaster recovery tips of 2017 tackle a wide range of important areas, including ransomware protection, hyper-converged DR, testing in the cloud and outage lessons.

The 2017 disaster recovery market was busy with news of assorted crises and advancements. To get a handle on important considerations to keep your business running, we have you covered with some of the year's best practices for disaster recovery.

Ransomware and outages made major headlines, but if you have the right disaster recovery plan in place, they don't need to bring your organization down. Our disaster recovery best practices include important tips for dealing with both ransomware attacks and unplanned outages.

You'll also find advice pertaining to some of the top technological advancements of late. Make sure you're up to speed on disaster recovery guidance with the following five pieces.

Got ransomware?

One of the keys to defeating the epidemic of ransomware is planning ahead. It takes a comprehensive protection strategy that involves data backup, prevention and detection equipment, security patches and testing. That may sound like a lot, but it's worth it. A successful ransomware attack -- and there were many in 2017 -- can be fatal to a business. Make sure you're ready to handle one with these best practices for disaster recovery.

Testing 1-2-3

It's one of the most often heard lines about disaster recovery plans: They're not tested enough. Well, now, with cloud-based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), there's really no excuse because testing is much easier. Though providers' testing capabilities vary in strength, they are typically simpler, faster and cheaper than DR tests of old. It's the best way to ensure your disaster recovery plan will work effectively. Explore many positives that DRaaS providers bring to testing and some of the different methods.

Say hi to hyper-converged DR

Hyper-converged architecture has been gaining strength in the last couple of years. More recently, hyper-converged disaster recovery has taken off. Hyper-convergence can be an ideal platform for backup and recovery. However, since it's a newer process, it's important to understand how best to go about it. Some vendors and data protection uses stand out. These best practices for disaster recovery in hyper-converged environments will set you off on the right foot.

Let's get virtual

Virtualization has the power to simplify disaster recovery. With many environments going virtual, this is good news. This advice piece dives deep into the benefits of virtualized DR. There are caveats, though. Perhaps it's time to migrate the last of your physical components over to a virtualized environment. And it's important to remember that, though virtualization is a newer technology, you must still abide by the historically key elements of disaster recovery.

Outages, outages, outages, oh my!

We started with a newsier tip piece, and we end with one. Throughout 2017, we heard about assorted outages, some big and others monstrous. The Amazon Web Services outage in February was monstrous. But if something good can come out of something bad, here we can learn lessons for how to be more prepared in the event of another similar outage. Unfortunately, outages will continue to happen, but if you abide by these best practices for disaster recovery, they could be merely a nuisance instead of a business-killer.

This was last published in December 2017

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