The trial, which tested the loss of 2plan’s head office data centre and loss of both the data centre and access to the head office itself, restored full functionality and data in 10 hours.
2plan IT director Mark Smith says the national IFA shut down power to its main systems in Leeds to give the impression that a disaster had struck its main systems. Shortly after 2plan’s offsite disaster recovery servers, 220 miles away, were brought online and internal routing between head office and the servers was initiated.
Smith says: “Head office was able to access the restored systems and begin testing all normal daily functions to ensure that everything worked as it should. By 5pm we had performed all tests to ensure staff could work normally, process business, pay commission etc and we were happy that the testing was 100 per cent successful at head office.”
The Financial Services Authority is expected to issue a report next year about a financial firm’s ability to carry out an office evacuation in the event of a disaster, and their ability to set up quickly elsewhere.