13 May, 2018 | Blogs
IT Disaster Recovery Plans – Implementation (Part 1)
IT Disaster Recovery Plans (IT DRPs) are about preparing pre-planned actions to react to various disaster scenarios. After discussing the importance of having an IT disaster recovery plan in place, it is essential to cover a framework for an IT DRP’s implementation. A DRP implementation is made up of the following 7 steps:
- Identifying Company Assets and Threats
- Identifying Recovery Solutions
- Drafting an IT DRP
- Assigning Team Roles
- Testing the IT DRP
- Refining your business’s plan
In this article, we will focus on defining assets, threats, and recovery solutions that your business might need.
Identifying Company Assets and Threats
Identifying assets and the cost of losing each asset is the first step in a DRP implementation. This is a critical step as businesses need to identify what they are protecting before preparing means to protect it. Our team of experts would aid you in identifying those assets and in determining their value to your business.
Common examples of company assets to be included in a IT Disaster Recovery Plans are:
- Email system.
- ERP/CRM system.
- In-facility NAS used to store different types of data.
This step is followed by identifying all possible threats to each asset. Some threats can be ruled out based on a company’s geographical location as some events, such as Earthquakes, are more likely to occur in some countries, but not in others. Businesses that have a presence in multiple locations have a higher range of threats.
Common examples of threats are:
- Man-Made Threats
- Software/hardware failure
- Power failure
- Natural Threats
Identifying Recovery Solutions
After identifying assets, a business needs to know how long can it continue to operate without one of these assets. This is known as the “Recovery Window”. For example, can your business continue to operate normally with its ERP system being down for a couple of days? Or should the system be back up and running in a couple of hours?
Knowing this is what defines the cost between different DRPs. Of course, this differs between assets and the value of each asset to the business. Knowing the recovery window of different assets, allows the team executing the DRP to set priorities on which systems they need to focus on first.
Determining a recovery solution is based upon the recovery window available for each asset. Solutions can include data recovery from backups or data replication to a failover system. For example, an e-commerce website must be up and running at all times, and so data replication to a failover system is the best solution.
Have you identified your business’s assets, threats, and recovery solutions? Is your data protected? Get in touch with one of our experts to discuss your business’s disaster recovery plan and more on email@example.com or click here.