Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning in a University Environment Mardecia Bell Ann Harris Copyright Mardecia Bell/Ann Harris 2005. This work is the intellectual property of the authors. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the authors. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the authors.
The realization of a single point of failure with one data center for both the central academic and administrative IT environments, prompted NC State University to implement a disaster recovery strategy for communications and critical applications residing on the mainframe & open systems computing environment.
History/Timeline Co-processing of production services began in Data Center II Successful DR test of ERP systems Expanded to include Enterprise Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning Scheduled annual Mainframe recovery test Included communications & academic environment Y2K - Business Continuity concept A cquired c entral repository software (LDRPS) Initiated with the administrative environment Mainframe environment recovery test 2005 2004 2002 2001 1999 1997
A Production B Configuration B Production A Configuration B Production A Production
Distributed deployment (hosted systems)
A Production A Development A Production
Co-processing and load-balancing (ERP)
A Production A Production A Production
Data replication (mainframe)
Server Data Server Data Server Data
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Deployment DC II
Human Resources (Version 8.8)
Student Information System (under construction)
DC I Web Server DB Server Application Server Batch Server Campus Users Web Server Application Server Batch Server Web Server Application Server Web Server Application Server Batch Server DB Server Batch Server Data Storage Area Network
Summary and Future Steps DC II Hosted systems Infrastructure Data Data Storage Area Network Active Directory / Windows Novell Directory Services / Novell Citrix ERP Web ERP Batch ERP Application Data Backup/vaulting ERP DB Server DC I Hosted systems Infrastructure Data Data Data Storage Area Network Back up/vaulting Active Directory / Windows Novell Directory Services / Novell Citrix ERP Web ERP Batch ERP DB Server ERP Application Development Server Mainframe Server Email/Calendar Anti-SPAM File/Print, User Home Web Server Database Server Development Server Mainframe Server Web Server Database Server Data Data Storage Area Network Data Email/Calendar Anti-SPAM File/Print, User Home
Administrative IT Disaster Recovery Unit Mission
Ensure minimal risk of major disruptions to critical University systems and processes in the event that all or part of its computer operations are rendered inoperable.
Ensure timely recovery of infrastructure and services in the event of a disruption.
Ensure that business continuity plans are available and viable relative to its scenario.
Design and Development Execution Training and Communications Admin. IT DR Activity Cycle