Planning, designing, documenting and distributing policies,processes and procedures to ensure quick recovery of abusiness IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster, man-made or natural.WHAT IS DISASTERRECOVERY PLANNING?A DR Plan is a document that includes everything anyonewould need to know to restore your business systems to anoperational state.
Without a DR Plan, how would you go about restoringyour businesses systems? Who would do it? Having a Disaster Recovery Plan… Eliminates critical business system downtime Limits the lag of service restoration Mitigates risk of loss of critical business information Enforces good practices in introducing change to business systems Supplements business insurance Strengthens trust in your business on part of customers, suppliers,partners and regulatorsWHY IS A DISASTERRECOVERY PLAN NEEDED?You have insurance to cover your business against theunthinkable, but how long will it take to be back tofully operational?
Great! Yes, the data is important, but there’s more to a goodDisaster Recovery plan, things that will help you answer toughquestions like these Do you know how long it takes to restore your complete environment Parts of your environment? Do you know how much data you will lose and how this will effectyour business? Do you know how much each hour of downtime costs your business? How many people on staff know how to restore from the vendor’sservice? How long does it take to get ahold of hardware resources if they arerequired? How would staff continue to work if the office itself becamephysically unusable?YEAH, BUT I ALREADY USE A VENDOR TOBACKUP OUR DATA
Four major phases of Disaster Recovery Planning Where are you now? Do you have failover plans in place? Do existing procedures work? Are they locked in one person’s head? Prioritize What are your biggest risks? What systems can your business not run without? Build and distribute a working DR Plan Policies – How you ensure recovery is part of the plan forward Processes – Make sure when things change the plan still works Procedures – Restore individual systems and communicate withstakeholders Test, test, & re-test Pick one of those critical systems you identified – what would happen ifsomeone kicked the power plug? Are you sure? Testing makes you sure…HOW IS A DISASTERRECOVERY PLAN BUILT?AuditPlanWorkTest
There are two traditional approaches to DR Planning Internal staff The institutional knowledge is already present Staff has a vested interest in success Probably not enough bandwidth Skills gap Lack of ‘assignment’ DR Consultant Strong subject matter expertise Extra cost No assurance consultant advisements enacted after engagementWHAT’S GOOD AND BAD ABOUT EITHER?
Managed Disaster Recovery Planning Services gets all thegood stuff in the right placesHOW DO I GET THE BEST OF BOTH?Staff ConsultantInstitutional knowledgeVested InterestExpertiseBandwidth
Ensure your DR Plan does not get stale - all changes arequickly and accurately reflected in the DR Plan Manage the distribution of the DR Plan revisions, bothelectronic and paper, guaranteeing everyone has DR Planaccess at all times Make certain the DR Plan works with regularly scheduled andcontrolled testing Organize recovery efforts with a clear well defined action planthat outlines exactly what to do for all involved in restorativeeffortsshareSO, WHY MANAGEDDISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING?Protect your business investment with a quality DR Plan that ismanaged as a service, eliminating pitfalls and hidden costs,both actual and opportunity, and redirect your people tocontinuing to grow your business