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Select the Optimal Disaster Recovery Deployment Model

Evaluate cloud, co-lo, and on-premises disaster recovery deployment models.

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Contributors

  • Dave Hildebrand, Manager of Information Technology & Systems, Meno Ya Win Health Centre
  • John Collinger, Manager Disaster Recovery Program, EQT Corporation
  • David Cropper, Chief Information Officer, Mamiye Brothers Inc.
  • Dave Cogswell, Chief Technology Officer, ArcBest Technologies
  • Kevin Jackson, Infrastructure Manager, Deschutes Brewery
  • Gerd Reiner, Infrastructure Program Manager, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation
  • Mark Stanley, Beveridge and Diamond, P.C.
  • Gil Shai, Co-founder & CRO, CloudEndure
  • Steve Tower, Management Consultant, Steve Tower, Disaster Recovery Plans & Assessments
  • Sam Shaabani, Infrastructure Services Manager, Corix Group of Companies
  • James McCloskey, ITS Manager, City of London, Canada

Your Challenge

  • DR deployment has many possibilities. It becomes overwhelming and difficult to sift through all of the options and understand what makes sense for your organization.
  • The combination of high switching costs and the pressure to move applications to cloud leaves managers overwhelmed and complacent with their current DR model.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  1. Cut to the chase and evaluate the feasibility of cloud first. Gauge your organization’s current capabilities for DR in the cloud before becoming infatuated with the idea.
  2. A mixed model gives you the best of both worlds. Diversify your strategy by identifying fit for purpose and balancing the work required to maintain various models.
  3. Begin with the end in mind. Commit to mastering the selected model and leverage your vendor relationship for effective DR.

Impact and Result

  • By efficiently eliminating models that are not suited for your organization and narrowing the scope of DR deployment possibilities, you spend more time focusing on what works rather than what doesn’t.
  • Taking a funneled approach ensures that you are not wasting time evaluating application-level considerations when organizational constraints prevent you from moving forward.
  • Comparing the total cost of ownership among candidate models helps demonstrate to the business the reason behind choosing one method over another.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

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

1. Target the relevant DR options for your organization

Complete Phase 1 to outline your DR site requirements, review any industry or organizational constraints on your DR strategy, and zero in on relevant DR models.

2. Conduct a comprehensive analysis and vet the DR vendors

Complete Phase 2 to explore possibilities of deployment models, conduct a TCO comparison analysis, and select the best-fit model.

3. Make the case and plan your transition

Complete Phase 3 to assess outsourcing best practices, address implementation considerations, and build an executive presentation for business stakeholders.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Scoping

Call #1 - Review BIA and discuss current state of DRP. Introduce tools and explore the desired outcomes of the project.

Guided Implementation #2 - Identify range of DR options

Call #1 - Assess DR requirements and constraints.
Call #2 - Complete the corresponding tools and templates.

Guided Implementation #3 - Deep dive into DR models

Call #1 - Discuss the various options within cloud, co-lo, and on-premises DR deployments.

Guided Implementation #4 - Conduct a TCO analysis

Call #1 - Add data to the TCO Comparison Tool and identify the best-fit model based on cost and hardware requirements.

Guided Implementation #5 - Build an Executive Presentation

Call #1 - Address any implementation considerations and develop the presentation for the business.

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Module 1: Target Relevant DR Options for Your Organization

The Purpose

Identify potential DR models

Key Benefits Achieved

Take a funneled approach and avoid getting lost among all of the DR models available

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Define DR site requirements

  • Determine the type of site, replication, and risk mitigation initiatives required
1.2

Document industry and organizational constraints

  • Rule out unfit models
1.3

Identify potential DR models

  • DR Decision Tree
  • Application Assessment Tool for Cloud DR

Module 2: Conduct a Comprehensive Analysis of Appropriate Models

The Purpose

Explore relevant DR models

Key Benefits Achieved

Develop supporting evidence for the various options

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Explore pros and cons of potential solutions

  • Qualitative analysis on candidate models
2.2

Understand the use case for DRaaS

  • Evaluate the need for DRaaS
2.3

Review DR model diagrams

  • DR diagrams for candidate models

Module 3: Build the DR Solution TCO Comparison Tool

The Purpose

Determine best cost models

Key Benefits Achieved

Save money by selecting the most cost effective option to meet your DR requirements

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Gather hardware requirements for production site

  • Populate the production summary tab in TCO tool
3.2

Define capacity requirements for DR

  • Understand how much hardware will need to be on standby and how much will be procured at the time of disaster
3.3

Compare cost across various models

  • Find the most cost effective method

Module 4: Make the Case and Plan Your Transition

The Purpose

Build support from business stakeholders by having a clear and defendable proposal for DR

Key Benefits Achieved

Effective and ready DR deployment model

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Address implementation considerations for network, capacity, and day-to-day operations

  • Define implementation projects necessary for deployment and appoint staff to execute them
4.2

Build presentation for business stakeholders

  • PowerPoint presentation to summarize findings from the course of the project