An effective IT disaster recovery plan requires a great deal of planning and preparation. But all the work up front is less costly than trying to make up for poor planning after the fact.
What Constitutes an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
It starts with a document that clearly details the steps required for recovering from various problems that might occur, with a focus on the issues that are common to the geographical area where the business is located.
It assigns duties, describes testing and practice drills, and defines the budget required to maintain readiness.
Replacement equipment must be purchased or contracted for. In many cases, alternate business facilities must be reserved and temporary communications provided for.
Common Mistakes in Disaster Recovery
- Failing to Maintain a Good Backup Procedure: The most basic element of any disaster recovery plan is data security. Backups must be up to date and stored in secured locations, the nature of which will depend on the local conditions. However, keeping off site copies of critical data is always recommended.
- Overdependence on the Cloud: While cloud base computing has its advantages in reducing dependencies on backups and in house servers, using cloud based applications is not the same as a disaster recovery plan, which will still need to address power, equipment, and housing issues, as well as accounting for the data that is not stored on the cloud.
- Failure to set Disaster Recovery Standards: Disaster recovery is more than just the plan. All software and hardware purchases must be in accordance to the disaster recovery standards.
- Failure to Test: The need to test an IT disaster recovery plan regularly is important and all too often ignored.
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