Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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Define RTOs and RPOs

Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), the amount of time a system can be down without causing too much damage, and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), the amount of data that your company can afford to lose from your last known backup or snapshot without severe consequences, are where it all begins from a data recovery standpoint. Work with executive management and key stakeholders to define these metrics. Everyone needs to be on the same page about what applications, functions and data are business critical, and what the loss of each in a disaster could mean in terms of revenue, brand damage and regulatory compliance. Once RPOs and RTOs are established, the rest of your disaster recovery strategies should work toward meeting these requirements.

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the constant threat of tornadoes in the Midwest, and a looming strain on the electric grid from summer heat waves, companies must ensure that their disaster recovery strategies are rock solid and battle-tested. Downtime costs money – and a lot of it. According to the 2014 State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness report, the cost of losing business-critical applications to outages can be as high as $5,000 a minute. Companies can't afford to play Russian roulette with disaster recovery and business continuity. They need to institute a plan now – before disaster strikes. And companies today no longer have an excuse for inaction. Free tools, like BC/DR Link™, are easily accessible to help companies build and customize their own disaster recovery plan so they can con´Čüdently respond to a disaster or outage and recover their systems rapidly, effectively and efficiently.

Here are seven considerations from backup and disaster recovery leader Unitrends to keep top of mind when developing a successful disaster recovery strategy.


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