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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

  • Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy-

    Prioritize People – Your Most Important Asset

    The first step in developing a successful disaster recovery strategy is identifying key operational personnel – those people without whom your business can't operate – and providing them with the ability to work remotely or from a secondary location when a disaster strikes. Determine the steps that will be required to get those employees online and communicating with each other, and make sure they have quick and easy access to the business-critical data, systems, servers and other infrastructure they need to keep the business running.

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Seven Steps for Developing a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy

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    Prioritize People – Your Most Important Asset

    The first step in developing a successful disaster recovery strategy is identifying key operational personnel – those people without whom your business can't operate – and providing them with the ability to work remotely or from a secondary location when a disaster strikes. Determine the steps that will be required to get those employees online and communicating with each other, and make sure they have quick and easy access to the business-critical data, systems, servers and other infrastructure they need to keep the business running.

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 confidently 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.