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Evaluate Cloud, Co-lo, and In-House DR Deployment Models

Determine which deployment models, including hybrid solutions, best meet your DR requirements.

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  • Bernard A. Jones, Manager Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery – HS&E Business Continuity, Novartis Business Services
  • Robert Nardella, IT Service Management, Certified z/OS Mainframe Professional
  • Paul Kirvan, CISA, FBCI, Independent IT Consultant/Auditor, Paul Kirvan Associates
  • Steve Tower, Management Consultant, Steve Tower, Disaster Recovery Plans & Assessments
  • Evan Fosu, Associate Director of IT Infrastructure, MedAvante
  • Sam Shaabani, Infrastructure Services Manager, Corix Group of Companies
  • Greg Eamer, Director of IT, Richter
  • Victor Woodburne, Business Continuity Consultant, OPTrust
  • David Cooper, CIO, Mamiye Brothers, Inc.
  • Nalin Wijetilleke, Director/Principal Consultant at ContinuityNZ Limited, New Zealand

Your Challenge

  • Your current DR solution does not meet business requirements – you either lack a DR site or it is insufficient.
  • There is a wide range of DR options, from a co-lo site to managed DR services and you need to find a solution that balances budget and DR requirements.
  • The CEO is pushing cloud for DR, but you know many of your workloads are not a good fit. 

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Finding the ideal DR solution starts with a comprehensive requirements gathering process which looks at both functionality and cost. Failure to consider both perspectives will result in a misaligned solution.
  • Balance budget and DR requirements by finding the right mix of DR solutions. For example, use a hybrid co-lo/IaaS to reduce hardware costs while ensuring appropriate capacity when needed.
  • Don’t assume cloud is cheaper. Cost will depend on your specific workloads and use case.

Impact and Result

  • Define a comprehensive set of requirements at the start of the project. DR solutions are long-term commitments, and mistakes in planning will be amplified during implementation.
  • Analyze the pros/cons of each DR option and identify a DR solution that balances your budget and DR requirements.
  • Integrate key insights from a variety of organizations that have implemented a DR solution. 

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should evaluate DR deployment models, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Conduct requirements gathering

DR solutions are long-term commitments; do it right the first time by conducting a comprehensive requirements gathering process.

3. Design a best-fit DR strategy

Document the DR strategy and communicate the results to management.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Conduct requirements gathering

Call #1 - Determine RTOs/RPOs for processes and their dependencies.
Call #2 - Assess the risks that your DR solution needs to be able to mitigate.

Guided Implementation #2 - Evaluate potential DR solutions

Call #1 - Overview of each DR option and determine the Total Cost of Ownership for each DR option.
Call #2 - Conduct a Force Field Analysis for each DR option.
Call #3 - Prioritize and rank DR options.

Guided Implementation #3 - Design a best-fit DR strategy

Call #1 - Integrate case study insights and document your DR solution.
Call #2 - Define the need and requirements for a bulletproof DR solution.
Call #3 - Create the executive communication deck.

Onsite Workshop

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Module 1: Requirements Gathering

The Purpose

  • Determine the DR requirements of critical applications.
  • Define the risks that your current IT environment is exposed to and translate them into requirements for the DR solution.
  • Evaluate the current state of your DR solution through a SWOT analysis.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined criticality rating for each application.
  • Documentation of key DR solution requirements based on risk scenarios.
  • Evaluated the strengths of your current state and leveraged them to take advantage of available opportunities. 




Define applications and dependencies

  • Business Impact Analysis

Define applications’ criticality


Identify risk scenarios


Prioritize risks through a Risk Catalog

  • Risk Catalog

Module 2: Evaluate Potential DR Solutions

The Purpose

  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of a variety of DR options.
  • Conduct a thorough cost analysis for each DR option.
  • Identify how each DR option impacts your organization. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Comprehensive review of each DR option and identification of how each option fits with your organization.
  • Ensure long-term value of your DR solution by comparing the TCO model for each DR solution.
  • Prioritize each DR solution and identify the best-fit solution. 




Review the pros/cons of each DR option.


Determine TCO for each DR option.

  • TCO Comparison Tool

Conduct Force Field Analyses.


Prioritize and rank DR options.

  • Decision Matrix

Module 3: Design a Best-Fit DR Strategy

The Purpose

  • Synthesize key insights from other organizations who have planned and implemented a DR solution.
  • Define the requirements for a bulletproof DR solution.
  • Present key insights to management.  

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Avoid common mistakes and leverage best practices to define your tailored DR solution.
  • Determine the considerations for a bulletproof DR solution.
  • Gain executive buy-in by demonstrating the long-term benefits of a tailored DR solution.




Document your DR solution.

  • DR solution document

Create the Executive Communication Presentation.

  • Executive Communication Tool

Search Code: 76904
Published: February 9, 2015
Last Revised: August 17, 2015