Get help in disaster recovery planning as a part of disaster recovery services

The main aim of an IT disaster recovery planning project is mainly to systematize a detailed recovery plan. These plans will project the steps in detail that are required to set your steps in detail in order to recover your IT system to date and hence support a business just after a disaster. Any organization is supported by various IT services and these IT services are needed to be recognized with the aid of business impact analysis (BIA) or risk assessment (RA) before a detailed recovery plan is generated. Later, recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) are needed to be established.

Once all the above work is done, we can move forward with formulating disaster recovery strategies along with the actual plans. This program is majorly performed to cope with interruptions that can’t be avoided. Disaster recovery planning involves services that are highly time-consuming and complex. Also, money has always been a hurdle. Managers ensure that money spent on any organization is used to focus on revenue producing potential and risk prevention. The hype around technologies such as clouds, server virtualization, data duplication etc. and marketecture diminishes the common sense that is required to allocate time, resources and budget required to the DR planning process.

Developing Dr Strategies

The universal standard for IT disaster recovery ISO/IEC 27031, clearly mentions that “in order to put in place the principles of recovery, incident prevention, restoration, response and detection, various strategies should define the methods to administer the needed resilience. Plans will explain how to do it while, strategies explain what to do in response to an incident. Once the critical systems such as RTO’s and RPO’s have been identified, develop the disaster recovery strategies that will be used to protect them.

Strategy definition involves certain factors such as the follows:

  • Technology

It is always smart to consider the equipment space that is designed for IT systems such as:

  1. Suitable voice and infrastructure
  2. Air conditioning and ventilation for IT systems
  3. Distance of other technology area from main site
  4. Suitable heating
  5. Adequate electrical power and many more

Moreover, the information and physical security capabilities of the other alternate site should always be considered too.

  • Suppliers

For the critical processes, it is mandate to contract with various primary as well as alternate suppliers. The major areas that require alternate suppliers include networks, hardware, replacement and repair of parts, power and many delivery firms.

  • People

Here, we can talk about the training needs of contractors or staff, available documentation to be used by the staff, availability of staff/ contractors, duplication of skills in order to get at least one backup person to facilitate retention of knowledge.

  • Data

It is mandatory to timely backup the critical data to a safe storage area in compliance with RTO/RPO requirements and methods. Moreover, it is also important to keep third party service providers at backup for technical support.

Along with the above strategy definition, ensure that you have availed management sign offs for your strategies.

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