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Develop and Document a Disaster Recovery Plan for the Small Enterprise

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Your Challenge

  • The business continues to believe in myths that impede the creation of an adequate disaster recovery plan (DRP).
  • It is difficult to determine the required recovery time and points for each critical application.
  • Recovery processes are not well documented, resulting in an ad hoc approach to disaster recovery.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Small enterprises need to have a clear understanding of what is needed from their DRP. For some organizations, reaching an adequate level of DR maturity is all that is needed.
  • For small enterprises, recovery times are becoming increasingly easier to meet with the popularization of virtualization. Recovery points are more difficult to meet as it is difficult to pinpoint the exact amount of back-ups that need to be made, resulting in overspending for backups.
  • Document is not a one-and-done deal. Constantly update your DRP documentation to track both small and large changes that may affect your ability to recover services.

Impact and Result

  • Complete a business impact analysis that contains the organization’s critical applications and dependencies, recovery time and points (desired and achievable), and a vulnerability assessment.
  • This blueprint’s guidance will help increase an organization’s overall resiliency and ability to salvage operations after an incident has occurred.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Use Info-Tech’s approach to develop a DRP that helps critical applications recover and increases the organization’s overall resiliency.

1. Define parameters for the DRP

Identify the scope of the DRP to help focus resources and create a more specialized result.

2. Determine impact of downtime

Perform a business impact analysis to establish the cost of downtime and desired and achievable recovery time and points.

3. Determine recovery workflow and gaps

Create and improve your response plans to effectively deal with unforeseen interruptions.

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Search Code: 82093
Published: November 2, 2016
Last Revised: January 23, 2017