Many businesses have never tested the recovery process in the event of a server or site failure. With business continuity a core component of risk management, a well-rehearsed plan lays the foundation for confidence that your IT systems will work when needed most.
Testing your backups least once per month is important to maintain engineering best practices, to comply with stringent standards for data protection and recovery, and to gain confidence and peace of mind. In the midst of disaster is not the time to determine the flaws in your backup and recovery system. Backup alone is useless without the ability to efficiently recover, and technologists know all too well that the only path from “ought to work” to “known to work” is through testing.