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- Any time a natural disaster or major IT outage occurs, it increases executive awareness and internal pressure to create a disaster recovery plan (DRP).
- Traditional DRP templates are onerous and result in a lengthy, dense plan that might satisfy auditors but will not be effective in a crisis.
- The myth that a DRP is only for major disasters leaves organizations vulnerable to more common incidents.
- The growing use of outsourced infrastructure services has increased reliance on vendors to meet recovery timeline objectives.
- At its core, disaster recovery (DR) is about ensuring service continuity. Create a plan that can be leveraged for both isolated and catastrophic events.
- Remember Murphy’s Law. Failure happens. Focus on improving overall resiliency and recovery, rather than basing DR on risk probability analysis.
- Cost-effective DR and service continuity starts with identifying what is truly mission critical so you can focus resources accordingly. Not all services require fast failover.
Impact and Result
- Define appropriate objectives for service downtime and data loss based on business impact.
- Document an incident response plan that captures all of the steps from event detection to data center recovery.
- Create a DR roadmap to close gaps between current DR capabilities and recovery objectives.
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