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What Does Successful Disaster Recovery Look Like?
The idea behind disaster recovery planning is a strange one. You put in valuable time and effort into crafting a comprehensive, inclusive blueprint that will protect you in case of unfortunate events (natural or manmade) yet hope to never actually use it. By the same token, many people haven’t observed what a well designed plan looks like in action – but could benefit from the example. With that in mind, there are some key steps common to every complete framework:
Automation and technology are great resources to leverage during the time immediately after circumstances arise, but they are only as good as the people utilizing them. Identifying key operational personnel – those people without whom your organization can’t operate – and providing them with the ability to work remotely or from a secondary location when a disaster strikes is critical. Determine the steps that will be required to get those employees online and communicating with each other, making sure they have quick and easy access to the business critical data, systems, servers, and other infrastructure they need to keep the business running.
Look Beyond IT
While having a fully redundant cloud based backup system is a component of the IT side of planning, make sure to examine all business functions and their needs. Ensuring that remote access to the data is not just limited to technical staff and is open to all relevant personnel ensures that every person can efficiently perform their role during a crises situation. Disruption to connections can lead to significant delays and problems in restoring functionality.
The sports community has long held that “practice makes perfect”, and when preparing for scenarios the same holds true. Recovery plans are worthless if you don’t test them, so create step-by-step guidelines for specific employees and make sure they are aware of these instructions. People, processes, and technology change so often that it’s important to schedule practice sessions on a continuous basis. Even something as simple as running a company wide drill once a year can help with preparedness, but most experts recommend quarterly tests.
Let Infrastructure Take Center Stage
Backup and replication are the foundation of any modern disaster recovery plan. Whether you use magnetic tape drives or digital services for safekeeping, make sure information is being backed up and stored at an offsite location. This process provides an added layer of redundancy so, in the event your primary data center goes down, critical information is available via the secondary site and business operations can proceed unaffected.
The Data Vault has been helping organizations with their disaster recovery planning and information management needs since 1984. If you have any questions or would like additional, more in depth advice please contact us and one of our experts will be in touch!