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Disaster Recovery

By ColinZ ·
I realize that the majority of corporate environments today have either an out dated disaster recovery plan or none at all. I am at the starting point of creating, not only a Disaster Recovery Plan, but a process for adapting this plan to future changes to keep it effective.

My starting point is this:
1. Visit each department and find out what data and applications are vital to them and what amount of downtime would be acceptable to them in the case of an environmental outage. I will balance these results against what they are willing to budget, for this "insurance."
2. Here is where I am a little cloudy, do I then move directly into step-by-step process? Or is there a step or two I am missing?

Thanks in advance!

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Disaster Recovery

by Lo In reply to Disaster Recovery

Not sure what you mean in #2. Guessing at it I would say yes but ...

If you haven't yet done so, you will need to identify hardware (cpu, networking, ups, routers, etc.) and software for the systems and applications. Depending on what/how, you will need an emergency purchase or pay for temp hardware to be delivered.

Also need to address backup policy and procedure so that system software (OS) and layered products + user data files for critical systems can be recovered and restored. Should be sending backup tapes for such applications to an off site (rental storage) or at least to another building, last choice is a fireproof vault (fireproof vaule in another building is not too bad).

Once you get the process defined, if possible do a demo, obtain equipment, restore software, do initial testing that systems and applications work (get volunteer users to do some testing). We do this every 6-12 months.

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