Disaster Recovery Planning Key Part of Maintaining Business Continuity

John Storts

As IT Business Edge's Carl Weinschenk points out, it can be easy for IT managers to overlook disaster recovery planning when everything's running smoothly, especially with economic conditions constraining spending. But, when disaster strikes, having a plan in place could mean the difference between a quick, poised recovery and a protracted business stoppage.

 

If your IT department is just beginning to plan for catastrophes small and large, check out "IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Dummies." The book shows you how to assess disaster-recovery planning needs, develop both short-term and long-term plans and keep your plans updated. Our excerpt from chapter 11 focuses on keeping staff appraised of plan changes.

 

Once the recovery plan is in place, informing your employees of the plan and training them to undertake appropriate measures are the next crucial steps. The Computer Guy's Disaster Recovery Training Outline provides a handy list of items that should be covered in disaster-recovery training sessions, including procedures for restoring programs and documents.

 

Last, but certainly not least, you want to make sure you have high-caliber personnel handling the plan development, training and maintenance efforts. A comprehensive job description draws talent with the required skills and experience. Our job description template for a Disaster Recovery Administrator, provided by Info-Tech Research Group, helps IT decision-makers make strong hiring choices by capturing job essentials. The DR Admin ensures the security and integrity of data, data systems and data networks across the entire organization.

 

Keep your IT department moving in the face of potentially disruptive events by having your people, systems and processes organized and prepared for when the unthinkable happens.


 

More from the Knowledge Network and IT Business Edge

ACU Technology Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan

Disaster Recovery of a Local Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 Computer

NIST Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems

The Myths of Disaster Recovery

Intelligent Disaster Recovery

Keys to a Successful SMB Disaster Recovery Implementation



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Jun 10, 2010 5:52 AM vBC Cloud vBC Cloud  says:

Couldn't agree more! Lots of businesses spend more time planning a company Holiday party than they do preparing for a disaster... I think it's the word DISASTER that makes me people that it's way too rare to affect them.

If only everyone understood that the definition of disaster for IT includes: hard drive failure, application failure, dead power supply, IT manager taking our frustrations by changing passwords... there are a lot of malfunctions that occur within IT that for a small business really can be a disaster.

Look at how much downtime costs per hour! Then figure out how many hours it'll take to resolve ordering new parts for hardware, reinstalling OS and applications.

Our solution gives you an mirrored twin environment of your primary servers, so if anything DISASTER related occurs on your server, simply Point, Click and Failover to your twin so your business keeps generating revnue.

Work off the twin until you can fix your primary, then simply failback. And for a low monthly cost per server... Can you afford not to?

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Jun 15, 2010 2:45 AM Lisa Dreher Lisa Dreher  says:

Thanks for the insightful post and reminder to face the uncomfortable truth that disaster could strike.  However, focusing on disaster recovery in the data center is no longer enough. Disaster recovery needs to be addressed in the larger and longer-term context of business continuity.

IT and the business units it serves are as interdependent as the applications residing in the IT environment. As a result, business continuity planning requires that IT and business units share in the responsibility and accountability for the overall well-being of the organization. IT cannot ensure business continuity on its own.

A phased approach to business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) evaluateseverything-technology, data, processes and people-that an organization depends on for its continued survival.

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/cME750.

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