Proactive IT: Disaster Recovery Testing

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In today's business environment, the continuity of IT systems is crucial to the success of an organization. Unforeseen disasters, such as infrastructure failures or cyber attacks, can severely impact the productivity of your organization. To mitigate these risks, IT departments must develop and implement robust disaster recovery (DR) plans. But, how can you ensure that these plans work effectively in times of crisis? Implementing a regimen of disaster recovery testing ensures that these plans work effectively in a time of crisis.


Disaster recovery testing is essential to verify the reliability and effectiveness of your DR plan. This comprehensive guide will cover the importance of DR testing, various types of tests, and best practices for conducting effective disaster recovery tests.


1. The Importance of Disaster Recovery Testing

The primary objective of DR testing is to identify any potential weaknesses or flaws in your disaster recovery test plan, which can then be addressed before an actual disaster strikes. This process minimizes downtime and ensures business continuity. Regular DR exercises also help maintain and update the DR plan, keeping it in sync with the changing IT landscape.


Good reasons to perform yearly disaster recovery testing include:


2. Causes of IT Disasters

Understanding the various causes of IT disasters is crucial to developing effective disaster recovery testing scenarios. Here are some common causes of IT disasters and real-world examples of their impact on organizations.


Infrastructure failures: Power outages, cooling system malfunctions, and other infrastructure failures can lead to IT disasters. A notable example is the May 2017 data center power outage that affected British Airways. This incident stranded around 75,000 passengers and disrupted global travel during a busy holiday weekend. You can learn more about this event in this CNBC article.


Cyber attacks: Cyber attacks, such as ransomware and DDoS attacks, can cripple an organization's IT infrastructure and result in data breaches or loss of service. The WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017 is an example of a massive cyber attack that affected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries, causing significant disruption to businesses and public services. Read more about the WannaCry attack here.


Hardware failures: Hardware failures, including server crashes and storage corruption, can lead to data loss and prolonged downtime. In 2016, Delta Air Lines experienced a hardware failure that led to a global computer outage, resulting in the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights and an estimated $150 million loss. CNN provides further details on the incident in this article.


Human errors: Accidental data deletion, misconfigurations, and other human errors can cause IT disasters. In 2017, Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a significant outage affecting numerous websites and services due to a human error during a debugging operation. The incident highlights the importance of implementing safeguards and training to prevent human errors from causing IT disasters. Learn more about the AWS outage here.


Incorporating a variety of realistic disaster scenarios into your disaster recovery test plan ensures that all aspects of the plan are thoroughly evaluated and helps you better prepare for potential IT disasters.


3. Types of Disaster Recovery Testing

There are several types of disaster recovery testing, each with its unique benefits and challenges:


4. Developing a Disaster Recovery Test Plan

To conduct effective DR exercises, you need a well-structured disaster recovery test plan. This plan should include:


5. Best Practices for Disaster Recovery Testing

There are several best practices that you should follow to maximize the effectiveness of your DR tests. Testing your disaster recovery plan regularly ensures that it remains effective and up-to-date. Thoroughly document each test, including the objectives, procedures, results, and any issues encountered. Review the disaster recovery test report with key stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. Incorporate any lessons learned from the DR tests into your disaster recovery plan, and ensure it is updated regularly to reflect changes in your organization's IT environment. Train and educate staff to ensure that all team members involved in the DR process are well-trained and familiar with the plan. Leverage automation tools to streamline the testing process and eliminate manual, time-consuming tasks. Verify the integrity of your backups as part of the DR testing process to ensure that you can successfully restore data during a disaster. Establish key performance indicators (KPIs), such as Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR), to measure the effectiveness of your DR plan. Continuously monitor and optimize these KPIs to improve your recovery capabilities.


6. The Importance of Root Cause Analysis in DR Testing

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a critical aspect of disaster recovery testing. RCA involves identifying the underlying factors that led to an IT disaster, which helps organizations learn from past mistakes and prevent future incidents. Incorporating RCA reporting into your DR testing process allows your team to gain valuable insights into potential weaknesses in your systems and processes. By addressing these weaknesses, you can further enhance the resilience and reliability of your disaster recovery plan. 


7. Integrating DR Testing with Your Incident Response Playbook

A well-crafted incident response playbook complements your DR testing efforts. The playbook outlines the steps to be taken in response to various incidents, including disasters that require activation of your DR plan. Integrating DR testing with your incident response playbook ensures that your organization is fully prepared to manage any crisis. To learn more about developing an incident response playbook, read our blog post:

Disaster recovery testing is an essential component of a robust IT strategy, ensuring that your organization can quickly recover from unforeseen disasters. By conducting regular tests, you can identify potential weaknesses in your DR plan, maintain compliance with industry regulations, and ensure the continuity of your business operations. Follow the best practices outlined in this guide and leverage powerful tools like StatusCast’s incident response automation to optimize your disaster recovery. Thoroughly test your systems ability to respond to incidents in order to safeguard your organization's future.

Unraveling the Roots: What is Root Cause Analysis?

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a systematic process designed to uncover the fundamental, underlying issues that lead to IT incidents. These 'root causes' are often masked by surface-level symptoms, making them challenging to identify without a systematic approach. Root Cause Analysis serves as a metaphorical excavation, drilling past the initial problems to discover deeper, hidden issues.


The Need for Root Cause Analysis

To put it simply, Root Cause Analysis is about working smarter, not harder. Are you finding your team bogged down by the same issues, despite repeated attempts to implement workarounds? Is the team convening meeting after meeting to discuss the same problem, wasting valuable time and tanking productivity, with no tangible change in sight? If the answer to these questions is 'yes', then the odds are, you're spending more time and effort than you need to.


Agile methodologies are centered around the idea of continuous improvement. If your team is conducting regular retrospectives on issues and creating action items that lead to improvement, that's fantastic. But if you're sitting in meeting after meeting, week after week, thinking, "we're still battling the same problem we've been dealing with forever," you may be treating symptoms rather than addressing the real issues. This common pitfall can result in wasted time, energy, and money. By facilitating the identification of real causes, RCA paves the way for solving problems permanently, instead of repeatedly running into the same roadblocks.


The Significance of Root Cause Analysis

Root cause analysis plays an indispensable role in effective incident management by ensuring the resilience of technology-dependent services and operations. What if a critical business application went down unexpectedly because of a failure from a cloud provider your service relies on. Instead of merely reacting to the incident by switching to a backup service or hastily patching the problem, an RCA allows your team to delve into the specifics of the incident and identify the fundamental issues that led to the failure.


Upon investigation, you might find the root cause to be a poorly configured system in the cloud service, or maybe a capacity issue, where the service could not scale effectively to handle a sudden surge in user requests. If all you were to do was rush to put out the fire, and switch to a backup service without further establishing why the failure occurred, you’re doomed to incur the same failure in the future, with all its associated costs. 


Conducting root cause analysis also contributes to a culture of continuous improvement. Each incident becomes an opportunity to learn and improve, creating a proactive stance towards incident management. Over time, this learning and adaptation can lead to more robust systems, improved response times, and ultimately, better service to customers.


Root Cause Analysis: A Comprehensive Process

Root Cause Analysis is not a quick-fix solution; it's a comprehensive process. By running a Root Cause Analysis, you're breaking down a large issue into smaller, more manageable causes. You're digging into each layer of the problem, making it more approachable and easier to tackle. No more getting stuck in a loop of unproductive thoughts or spinning your wheels over things that are out of your control. Completing a Root Cause Analysis ensures your team focuses on the aspects they can change, transforming feelings of frustration into a sense of accomplishment. 


Methods, Tools, and Techniques

To streamline the RCA process, various methods and tools are available, from the Fishbone Diagram and the Five Whys to advanced analytics. RCA analytics leverage machine learning and data to identify patterns and trends, helping teams understand the problem at hand and devise more effective solutions. Various root cause analysis techniques are employed, ranging from cause-effect diagrams to process mapping and Fault Tree Analysis. The choice of technique depends on the nature of the problem and the available data, but each plays an essential role in revealing the root causes of incidents.


Root Cause Analysis: Applied

Root Cause Analysis, as a methodology, has been articulated and applied in different ways. One useful framework for RCA is the “Fishbone Diagram”, which aids in brainstorming potential causes of a problem and categorizing these causes effectively. The problem, illustrated at the fish's head, has potential causes linked along the smaller 'bones.'


In a Fishbone Diagram, major categories of causes are agreed upon and listed as branches from the main arrow. Each cause is then branched from the appropriate category on the diagram. "Why does this happen?" is asked for each cause, with sub-causes branching off the main ones. This process continues until root causes are identified.


The "Five Whys" is a simple approach to root cause analysis, often used in conjunction with the Fishbone Diagram, that involves asking the question "why?" successively until you reach the underlying cause of a problem. By repeatedly asking "why?" in response to each answer, you can peel back the layers of symptoms which can often obscure the true root cause. This systematic approach ensures that analysis goes beyond surface-level understanding, paving the way for more effective and long-lasting solutions.


Together with the "Five Whys", the Fishbone Diagram keeps teams focused on causes rather than symptoms. This helps teams to see the bigger picture, identify root causes, and devise effective solutions. The Fishbone Diagram is invaluable in its ability to facilitate a deeper understanding of an issue and encourages teams to explore beyond the initial incident report. By using the Fishbone Diagram, teams can identify and address the true issues at hand, preventing similar problems in the future.


Scaled Agile Retrospectives

SAFe Root Cause Analysis, a key component of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), promotes a systems first approach towards incident retrospectives. By encouraging a collaborative culture, teams learn from past incidents and improve their practices continually. Root cause analysis exercises are a practical and valuable aspect of the scaled agile retrospective, serving as a low-stakes environment for teams to hone their problem-solving skills, prepare for real-world incidents, and build confidence in their abilities.


StatusCast RCAs

Root Cause Analysis should be front and center in any comprehensive incident management strategy, and StatusCast has built out automation and advanced functionality around RCAs to do just that. StatusCast provides versatile RCA templates and enables extensive reporting on previous RCAs that isn’t found in any other incident management solutions. The value of early identification of recurring problems cannot be overstated, as it empowers your organization to learn and evolve from previous incidents. StatusCast provides an opportunity to work proactively, assisting your team in eliminating issues that repeatedly affect your business before they cause real harm.

When your users encounter service disruptions, your status page is the first place they look to for answers, and when the issues they face aren’t yet being reported, they are left with no recourse. Our new End-User Incident Reporting, built directly into your status page, makes your users lives easier, and ensures that incidents are reported the moment their impact is felt. This innovative functionality brings the power of two-way communication between your stakeholders and your IT team to your status page. End-User Incident Reporting dramatically improves UX during incidents and reduces incident resolution times.


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Why End-User Incident Reporting Matters:


As any IT professional knows, detecting and resolving incidents quickly is crucial for maintaining optimal business operations. Often, end-users experience service disruptions before monitoring tools alert IT teams. That's why we've developed end-user incident reporting – a first-of-its-kind feature that turns status pages into a two-way communication hub, empowering users to report issues directly to your IT department.


The true differentiator of our end-user incident reporting lies in its incorporation directly into the status page. As status pages have become the go-to source for checking service status, enabling users to report incidents within the same platform accelerates the reporting process and offers a more user-friendly experience. By eliminating the need for users to search for help desk contacts or a support portal, our new feature makes it easier than ever for stakeholders to report incidents right from your status page.


By bridging the gap between stakeholders and IT teams, End-User Incident Reporting becomes especially useful for large enterprises, managing complex systems and distributed operations across many departments and locations, providing employees with an easy one-step action to report incidents directly to your IT team. This feature turns your incident communication into a two way street, making incidents easier on your users and accelerating your response.


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About StatusCast:

StatusCast is a leading provider of status page and incident management solutions, dedicated to helping IT professionals communicate efficiently and effectively with their stakeholders during incidents and downtime. With a focus on ensuring that employee and customer productivity stays optimized during outages and maintenance events, StatusCast has become the go-to solution for businesses worldwide seeking to improve their incident management processes. Our platform is built to serve organizations of all sizes, offering tailored solutions that cater to the unique needs of each client.

When services are down, do you really want to be spending valuable time crafting incident messages and status updates? When time is money, your IT team should have one goal in mind: incident resolution. At StatusCast, our mission is to off-load as much excess complexity as possible when incidents strike, to enable your IT department to tackle incidents head on. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve taken StatusCast's IT automation to the next level, with a game-changing feature that will revolutionize the way you manage incidents and keep your stakeholders informed.


Our intent is to help relieve IT teams of the burden of anything that is not directly related to resolving the incident at hand. We don't want you to have to waste time writing incident notifications and managing updates. We envision a growing role for AI in the world of incident management, empowering you to rapidly tackle incidents, without your productivity being crushed by repetitive, ancillary tasks while your service is down.


Introducing Smart Incident Messaging:

Your AI-Powered Communication Assistant


In today's fast-paced IT environment, the pressure is on for IT professionals to resolve incidents quickly and minimize downtime. However, executing an effective incident communication strategy can often consume valuable time and resources, taking the focus away from the core objective of incident resolution. This is where our AI-powered Smart Incident Messaging comes in, offering a solution that helps IT teams maintain productivity while ensuring clear and consistent communication with stakeholders.


By automating the process of crafting incident notifications, Smart Incident Messaging not only saves time but also minimizes the risk of human error. When you are in the midst of dealing with an incident, it's easy for mistakes to be made in your comms strategy. Our AI assistant mitigates this risk by generating precise and informative messages based on the data provided, ensuring that the right information reaches the right people at the right time.


One of the key benefits of our Smart Incident Messaging is its ability to analyze the tone used in previous incident updates. This ensures that every message it generates maintains a consistent and professional tone, further enhancing the quality of your communication during an incident. This consistency not only improves stakeholder trust but also helps your IT team project a cohesive and well-organized image.


Leveraging our advanced IT automation, StatusCast eliminates repetitive, ancillary tasks that can hinder productivity during downtime. Our AI-powered Smart Incident Messaging empowers IT teams to focus on what truly matters: resolving incidents and restoring normal operations as quickly as possible.


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About StatusCast:

StatusCast is a leading provider of status page and incident management solutions, dedicated to helping IT professionals communicate efficiently and effectively with their stakeholders during incidents and downtime. With a focus on ensuring that employee and customer productivity stays optimized during outages and maintenance events, StatusCast has become the go-to solution for businesses worldwide seeking to improve their incident management processes. Our platform is built to serve organizations of all sizes, offering tailored solutions that cater to the unique needs of each client.

In today's digital age, IT departments play a crucial role in maintaining the overall functionality and security of an organization. One essential tool for managing service outages and downtime is the incident response playbook. This comprehensive guide provides IT departments with the necessary processes and strategies to resolve incidents in a timely and efficient manner.

In this blog post, we will explore how to create an effective incident response playbook by incorporating key components such as automated escalation policies, team collaboration, stakeholder communication, and automated runbooks.


  1. The Importance of having an Incident Response Playbook

An incident response playbook serves as a roadmap for IT departments to follow when dealing with service outages and downtime. It provides a structured approach to identifying, analyzing, and resolving incidents while minimizing their impact on the organization. A well-designed IR playbook includes security playbooks for various threats and an incident response playbook template to ensure consistency and completeness.

  1. Escalation Policies: Notifying The Right People

In any incident response playbook, an effective, proactive escalation policy is essential. This policy outlines the steps for notifying the appropriate individuals within the organization when an incident occurs.
The escalation policy will consist of:

StatusCast automates the entire execution of the escalation policy, streamlining their incident management process. This ensures that the right people are informed and engaged to manage the incident and take corrective actions, reducing manual efforts and speeding up the time to incident resolution.

  1. Team Collaboration: Working Together for Rapid Resolution

Effective team collaboration is essential during the incident response process. A well-organized IR playbook should emphasize the importance of teamwork and provide guidelines for how IT departments can collaborate effectively.

Key elements of team collaboration include:

  1. Stakeholder Communication: Keeping Everyone Informed

Transparent and timely communication with stakeholders is critical during an incident. Typically, IT departments set out to establish their incident communication strategy by doing the following:

StatusCast shortcuts and automates this entire process, offering the most effective form of stakeholder communication through status pages. These provide a centralized platform through which incidents are tracked and communicated autonomously to end users. StatusCast offers three kinds of status pages. Public status pages, which can be utilized to inform customers of downtime, and reduce the overwhelming flood of support requests that your help desk is sure to encounter during service outages. Private status pages, which provide a secure solution for internal incident communication to keep employees informed of their system status. As well as audience-specific pages, which offer more granular views and controls, functioning as custom status pages for each end user. These audience pages ensure that users are provided with only the most relevant information during outages, helping to eliminate alert fatigue and maintain employee productivity.


  1. Runbooks: Step-by-Step Guides for Incident Resolution

Runbooks are an essential component of any incident response playbook. These detailed, step-by-step guides outline the specific actions that IT departments should take to address and resolve incidents. While runbooks are commonly used among IT departments, StatusCast takes it a step further by automating this component of incident response. With StatusCast, routine and repetitive IT tasks undertaken during an outage are executed autonomously, lightening the burden on your IT team as they work toward incident resolution.

StatusCast’s automation enhances an organization’s incident response posture by ensuring a more efficient and consistent process to resolving incidents, allowing IT teams to focus on more complex and critical tasks that require their expertise.


Incident Response Playbook Scenarios: Preparing for Various Threats

To create a truly effective incident response playbook, it's essential to incorporate various scenarios that cater to the different types of threats an organization may face. These scenarios should include cyber security playbook examples and incident response examples, such as dealing with DDoS attacks, malware, data breaches, and more.

Each scenario should be documented with detailed instructions on how to address the specific threat, the roles and responsibilities of team members, and the expected timeline for resolution. Regularly reviewing and updating these scenarios ensures that the playbook remains current and relevant, allowing IT teams to respond effectively to new and emerging threats.


Cybersecurity Playbook Template: Ensuring Consistency and Completeness

A cybersecurity playbook template is a vital tool for maintaining consistency and completeness across an organization's incident response strategy. By using a standard template, IT departments can ensure that all the necessary components and steps are included in each security playbook, regardless of the specific threat being addressed.

A comprehensive cybersecurity playbook template should include:

  1. A brief overview of the threat or incident
  2. Roles and responsibilities of team members involved in the response
  3. Step-by-step instructions for resolving the incident
  4. Communication guidelines for updating stakeholders throughout the process
  5. Post-incident review and lessons learned to improve future response efforts
  6. Ransomware Playbook Flowchart: Streamlining Ransomware Incident Response

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common and can have severe consequences for organizations. A ransomware playbook flowchart is a valuable addition to any incident response playbook, as it provides a visual guide for IT departments on how to address ransomware threats effectively.


A ransomware playbook flowchart should include the following key steps:

  1. Detection and Identification: Identifying the ransomware attack, analyzing its scope and determining which systems and data have been affected.
  1. Initial Containment and Isolation: Isolating the affected systems to prevent the ransomware from spreading further.
  1. Notification and Escalation: Notifying the appropriate individuals within the organization based on the incident severity level and escalating as needed to ensure prompt action.
  1. Investigation, Analysis, and Determination: Conducting a thorough investigation and analysis to determine the ransomware variant, assess the damage, and determine the best course of action for recovery.
  1. Decision-making: Making an informed decision on whether to pay the ransom or attempt recovery using alternative methods.
  1. Restoration and Recovery: Restoring and recovering affected systems using backup data or other recovery methods.
  1. Post-Incident Review: Conducting a post-incident review to identify areas for improvement and prevent future attacks. This may include enhancing security protocols, conducting employee training, and updating incident response playbooks.


In this blog post, we discussed the importance of creating an effective incident response playbook to guide IT departments in addressing service outages and downtime. Key components of a comprehensive playbook include escalation policies, team collaboration, stakeholder communication, and runbooks. We emphasized the significance of incorporating incident response scenarios, utilizing a cybersecurity playbook template, and implementing a ransomware playbook flowchart to enhance preparedness, maintain consistency, and streamline ransomware incident response. This, in turn, helps minimize the impact of incidents on the organization and ensures the ongoing security and functionality of its digital infrastructure. By incorporating these elements, IT departments can ensure a structured approach to identifying, analyzing, and resolving incidents, minimizing their impact on the organization.

Mean Time To Repair, or MTTR, is a critical metric in IT incident management that measures the average time it takes to fix a system failure. The meaning of MTTR can be understood as the average duration needed for an IT team to recover from an incident. It is a fundamental metric for IT teams to track and analyze their efficiency in resolving incidents. MTTR is also an essential component of the bigger incident management lifecycle for IT departments, which includes identifying, prioritizing, diagnosing, fixing, and documenting incidents. In this blog post, we'll explore what MTTR is, why it's important, how to calculate MTTR, and what teams can do to reduce it.

MTTR, sometimes referred to as mean time to recovery or mean time to recover, is critical because it provides insights into the efficiency and effectiveness of an IT team's response to an incident. By tracking MTTR, IT teams can identify where bottlenecks occur and take corrective measures to improve the incident management process. A high MTTR may indicate failure points in the incident management process, such as delays in communication, inadequate resources, or poor documentation. On the other hand, a low MTTR indicates efficient incident response, which leads to increased system uptime and improved user experience.

Mean Time Between Failures

Measuring MTTR requires identifying the start and end points of an incident, such as the time an incident was reported and the time the incident was resolved. This metric is typically calculated by dividing the total time taken to resolve an incident by the number of incidents resolved during that period. It's important to note that MTTR is not the same as Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) or Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), as MTBF and MTTF can be different, depending on the definition of MTBF being used,

While Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) is often mentioned alongside MTTR, it is essential to note that this metric has two commonly used definitions. These definitions can lead to different interpretations of system reliability and dependability. We will explore these definitions and discuss the pros and cons of each.

The first definition of MTBF refers to the operational hours between the end of the last incident and the beginning of the next incident. This definition focuses on the actual uptime of a system or component, excluding the time it takes to repair or replace it. This approach offers a more optimistic view of system reliability and may be more suitable for measuring non-critical systems where downtime doesn't significantly impact business operations.


  1. Provides a measure of actual system uptime, which can be helpful for assessing system availability.
  2. May be more relevant for non-critical systems where downtime has less impact on business operations.


  1. Excludes the time it takes to repair or replace a component, which could lead to an overestimation of system reliability.
  2. May not be appropriate for critical systems where downtime has a significant impact on business operations.

The second definition of MTBF involves the total time between each failure, from the start of one incident to the start of the next. This approach provides an idea of how frequently incidents occur, including the time it takes to repair or replace a component. This definition is more conservative and can be a better fit for measuring critical systems where downtime has a significant impact on business operations.


  1. Provides a more comprehensive measure of system reliability, including repair and replacement time.
  2. May be more appropriate for critical systems where downtime has a significant impact on business operations.


  1. Can result in a more pessimistic view of system reliability, potentially leading to unnecessary investments in redundant systems or over-engineering.
  2. May not accurately reflect system uptime, as it includes repair and replacement time.

In conclusion, the choice of MTBF definition depends on the context in which it is applied and the specific objectives of the organization. For non-critical systems, using the first definition may be more relevant, while the second definition can be more appropriate for critical systems. Understanding the pros and cons of each definition can help organizations choose the most suitable metric for their needs, ensuring they accurately assess their system reliability and make informed decisions about maintenance, investment, and incident management.

Solving The MTTR Puzzle

To reduce MTTR, IT teams can take several measures, such as investing in automation tools to speed up incident resolution, improving communication channels between teams, creating a well-documented incident management process, and conducting regular incident management training. It's also essential to prioritize incidents based on their impact on the business and allocate the necessary resources to resolve them efficiently.

Several solutions are available to help IT teams reduce MTTR, such as incident management software, monitoring services and automation tooling. Incident management software provides a centralized platform to track and manage incidents, assign tasks, and communicate with teams. Reporting tools help identify incidents before they affect users and reduce the time it takes to diagnose and resolve them. Automation can help speed up incident resolution by automating routine tasks, such as restarting servers or running diagnostic tests.

An internal private status page is also an effective tool that can help reduce MTTR by enabling employees to track the progress of an outage from start to finish. This page can provide real-time updates on the status of an incident, including the steps being taken to resolve it and the estimated time to resolution. This allows employees to stay informed about the incident, reducing the number of support calls and emails received by the IT team. Moreover, employees can get a sense of how long an incident may take to be resolved, which can help them plan their work around the outage. By providing transparency into the incident management process, an internal private status page can help increase employee confidence in the IT team's ability to resolve issues quickly and efficiently, which can ultimately lead to a faster MTTR.

In addition to providing transparency into the incident management process, an internal private status page can also help reduce the noise and distractions that IT teams face when trying to resolve an incident. By proactively communicating updates and progress on the incident through the status page, employees are less likely to contact the IT team with questions or concerns. This helps reduce the volume of support calls and emails, which can often be a significant distraction for IT teams during an incident. By freeing up the IT team's time and resources, they can focus on resolving the incident more efficiently, which can lead to a faster MTTR. An internal private status page not only provides a centralized platform for employees to track the progress of an incident, but it also helps reduce the noise and distractions that IT teams face during an outage, leading to a faster resolution time.

In conclusion, Mean Time To Resolution is a critical metric in IT incident management that measures the average time it takes to fix a system failure or issue. It provides insights into the efficiency and effectiveness of an IT team's response to an incident and is essential for improving incident management processes. To reduce MTTR, IT teams can take several measures, such as investing in automation tools, improving communication channels, and creating a well-documented incident management process. By tracking and reducing MTTR, IT teams can improve system uptime and user experience, which ultimately leads to a more productive and profitable business.

The IT team for a large organization plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of the company's technology infrastructure. One important aspect of their job is incident management, which involves identifying, assessing, and resolving issues that arise with the technology systems. IT teams utilize status pages to interface with end-users in order to inform them of system status, downtime and maintenance. Most status pages are public by default, and offer unrestricted access to a company’s service status. Whereas private status pages utilize permissions based access to protect sensitive information, while keeping relevant users optimally informed. Having a private status page is an essential part of an effective incident management process and policy. Here are the top 5 reasons why:

1. Lost employee productivity: One of the biggest costs of IT outages is lost employee productivity. A private status page allows the IT team to keep stakeholders informed about the status of ongoing incidents and the actions being taken to resolve them. This level of transparency helps to minimize confusion and uncertainty in internal communication among employees and partners, which helps to reduce resource and productivity loss.

2. Transparency: A private status page allows the IT team to keep only the relevant stakeholders informed about the status of ongoing incidents and the actions being taken to resolve them. This level of transparency is important for building trust with stakeholders and maintaining a positive reputation for the IT team.

3. Communication: A private status page is the backbone of internal incident communication that organizations count on when services go down. Configured audience groups and escalation policies cut through the noise and ensure that the right people are optimally informed. This helps to reduce confusion and keep the right people informed.

4. Accountability: A private status page allows the IT team to document their actions and decisions during an incident. This documentation establishes accountability, identifies areas for improvement, and creates a feedback loop to improve an organization's future incident response.

5. Reputation management: A private status page allows the IT team to proactively manage the organization's reputation during an incident. By keeping stakeholders informed and maintaining transparency throughout the incident, the IT team can minimize any damage to the organization's reputation.

Leveraging a private status page is an essential part of any effective incident management process for a large organization's IT team. It reduces lost employee productivity with transparent communication and protects organizational reputation when infrastructure goes down. This ultimately leads to a more efficient, effective, and reliable incident management process, and ultimately, a more successful organization. See what's possible with a status page from some of our customers.

Servers are down.   Employees are scrambling.   Customers are upset.   The pressure is on.

When internal operations are in disarray, and your business is experiencing a service outage, the last thing you need to worry about is the reliability of your incident communication solution. Keeping users informed when services are down is mission-critical, in order to prevent a flood of support requests, which compound the effects of the incident, straining employee productivity and bandwidth.

A public or private status page is often the only way to communicate with the outside world during an outage, providing the last line of defense between you and complete chaos. Choosing a small SaaS provider of public-only status pages may seem like a cost-effective option, but in reality it should be the last place you should look to cut costs, as this opens your business up to various failure points. Here are the top five reasons why you should avoid small providers and opt for an established vendor with a proven track record.


Small providers may not have the resources or infrastructure to ensure that their service is always up and running. Established vendors, on the other hand, have invested in the necessary hardware and software to provide a reliable service. They also offer reliable SLA’s that protect your investment.


Small providers may not have the expertise or resources to ensure that their service is secure. Established vendors have teams of security experts who work to ensure that customer data is safe and secure.  Make sure your status page vendor has an independent security audit such as SOC-II Type 2


Small providers may not have the resources or technology to handle a large number of customers. Established vendors have the infrastructure and expertise to scale their service to meet the needs of large enterprise customers.


Small providers may not have a dedicated support team to help customers with any issues or questions they may have. Established vendors have teams of support experts who are available 24/7 to assist customers.  When your servers go down at 2:30am Saturday night, make sure your status page provider will be there … just in case.


Small providers may not have a strong reputation in the industry. Established vendors have a proven track record of providing a high-quality service to many large enterprise and public customers.  Go to the vendor's customer page.  Do you recognize any of those brands?  Consider finding a vendor who has successfully served big recognizable names.

When your business is experiencing an outage, the last thing you need to worry about is the reliability of your status page, the centerpiece of a strong incident response strategy. Choosing a small SaaS provider of public status pages may seem like a cost-effective option, but it comes with several risks that can negatively impact your business. To ensure that your status page is robust and resilient to the uncertainty and chaos of service outages, you should prioritize established vendors who have been tried and trusted by large enterprises in your search for an effective incident communication solution.

A Cloud Of Complexity

Observability has become increasingly important for IT professionals as the complexity of modern systems has grown. In the past, IT environments were typically composed of a few servers and applications that were all running on-site. However, with the rise of cloud computing, IT has become more distributed, with applications and services running on a wide variety of infrastructure and platforms. This has made it harder to understand what is happening within these systems and to identify and troubleshoot issues when they arise.

One of the main challenges of observability is that it is difficult to get a complete picture of what is happening within a system. There are many different components and dependencies that can affect the performance and behavior of an application or service, and it can be difficult to understand the relationship between them. This is especially true in cloud environments, where there are often many different layers of abstractions and multiple vendors involved.

The adoption of SaaS (Software as a Service) has made observability even harder, as it adds an additional layer of complexity to the IT environment. With SaaS, organizations are relying on external providers to deliver critical business applications and services, and this can make it more difficult to understand how these systems are performing and to identify and resolve issues when they arise.

To address these challenges, many cloud providers now offer public status pages that provide information about the availability and performance of their services. These status pages provide IT professionals with real-time status updates on the services they rely on. However, managing multiple status pages can be time-consuming and cumbersome, and it can be difficult to get a comprehensive view of the overall health of an IT environment.

StatusCast As A Solution

A service like StatusCast that aggregates SaaS status pages into a single, real-time notification service for IT teams is a valuable tool for improving observability and reducing the burden on IT professionals. By providing a single source of truth for the status of all the SaaS services an organization relies on, such a service can help IT teams to more easily monitor the health of their systems and to identify and resolve issues more quickly. In addition, this type of service can help to automate the observability process, freeing up IT professionals to focus on more strategic tasks.

Observability is critical for modern IT environments, but it can be challenging due to the complexity of modern systems and the adoption of SaaS. Public status pages offered by cloud providers can be helpful, but a service that aggregates these pages into a single, real-time notification service is even more valuable, helping IT teams more easily monitor the health of their systems, identify issues and resolve incidents more rapidly.

The Incident Management and Status Page solution that lets you organize your enterprise IT team and communicate with users for a coordinated response that restores services rapidly.


StatusCast works as an Incident Management platform to increase employee productivity inside organizations. There's a lot you can do with StatusCast status pages to create the brand look you are seeking.

  1. Three dedicated workspace types let you better manage incidents, service components and third-party integrated assets as well as applications across your infrastructure
  2. Organized incident workflow and performance dashboard to  measurement and analytics
  3. Control who is able to see status page information with permission-based access on fully customizable public and private Status Pages


Maintaining the Productivity of IT Teams and Employees

When a system is experiencing an outage or a performance issue, keep your end users informed on its status by using incident updates. As you get more information about service issues, be proactive in keeping your end users in the loop with the latest info and expected recovery time. 

Using our user-friendly analysis to examine settled incidents to gain an understanding of how this issue began in the first place, and how well the accomplished exercise went and what, if anything, could have been done preferable the next time. 

Our Analytics dashboard provides a quick and easy way to see what areas of your network will need more immediate repair, allowing you to drive toward true dependable fixes. 

Manage and Organize Enterprise Users

The true power of incidents is what you learn from them and how you recycle those learnings back into your system. But the barrier to entry for learning from incidents through retrospectives is still too high. For many companies, the process is different each time, it’s cumbersome to gather data, and it’s really challenging to look at multiple retros and find trends. We want to make it so simple, predictable, and consistent for you to run retros that you run them for every incident. Today’s release brings that possibility to light. 

Keeping stakeholders and customers informed during an incident builds trust and creates an atmosphere of patience. If trained correctly, status pages are often the initial location where internal and external users go for information, so it’s vastly important that your users are receiving real time information.

Improving the communication based around changes to your internal ITSM solution provides you with increased awareness and employee productivity while the IT division is troubleshooting problems privately or publicly. Now, whenever an incident is seemingly forthcoming, those influential key people who need to be notified are automatically informed in advance.

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