Create a Right-Sized Disaster Recovery Plan

Close the gap between your DR capabilities and service continuity requirements.

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Ineffective disaster recovery planning leads to:

  • Limited or stalled progress – there is no effective approach to make this a manageable project that can actually be completed.
  • No clear sense of appropriate recovery objectives or how to get there.
  • An inability to meet regulatory requirements or customer demands for a functional DRP.

This blueprint enables you to:

  • Define an appropriate (desired) recovery timeline based on a business impact analysis.
  • Create a DR project roadmap to close the gap between current and desired recovery timelines.
  • Document a step-by-step incident response plan to minimize business disruption.

Module 1: Define Parameters for Your DRP

The Purpose

Identify key applications and dependencies based on business needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

Understand the entire IT “footprint” that needs to be recovered for key applications. 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Assess current DR maturity.
  • Current challenges identified through a DRP Maturity Scorecard.
1.2 Determine critical business operations.
1.3 Identify key applications and dependencies.
  • Key applications and dependencies documented in the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Tool.

Module 2: Determine the Desired Recovery Timeline

The Purpose

Quantify application criticality based on business impact.

Key Benefits Achieved

Appropriate recovery time and recovery point objectives defined (RTOs/RPOs).

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Define an objective scoring scale to indicate different levels of impact.
  • Business impact analysis scoring criteria defined.
2.2 Estimate the impact of downtime.
  • Application criticality validated.
2.3 Determine desired RTO/RPO targets for applications based on business impact.
  • RTOs/RPOs defined for applications and dependencies.

Module 3: Determine the Current Recovery Timeline and DR Gaps

The Purpose

Determine your baseline DR capabilities (your current state).

Key Benefits Achieved

Gaps between current and desired DR capability are quantified.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Conduct a tabletop exercise to determine current recovery procedures.
  • Current achievable recovery timeline defined (i.e. the current state).
3.2 Identify gaps between current and desired capabilities.
  • RTO/RPO gaps identified.
3.3 Estimate likelihood and impact of failure of individual dependencies.
  • Critical single points of failure identified.

Module 4: Create a Project Roadmap to Close DR Gaps

The Purpose

Identify and prioritize projects to close DR gaps.

Key Benefits Achieved

DRP project roadmap defined that will reduce downtime and data loss to acceptable levels.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Determine what projects are required to close the gap between current and desired DR capability.
  • Potential DR projects identified.
4.2 Prioritize projects based on cost, effort, and impact on RTO/RPO reduction.
  • DRP project roadmap defined.
4.3 Validate that the suggested projects will achieve the desired DR capability.
  • Desired-state incident response plan defined, and project roadmap validated.

Module 5: Establish a Framework for Documenting Your DRP, and Summarize Next Steps

The Purpose

  • Outline how to create concise, usable DRP documentation.
  • Summarize workshop results. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A realistic and practical approach to documenting your DRP.
  • Next steps documented. 

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Outline a strategy for using flowcharts and checklists to create concise, usable documentation.
  • Current-state and desired-state incident response plan flowcharts.
5.2 Review Info-Tech’s DRP templates for creating system recovery procedures and a DRP summary document.
  • Templates to create more detailed documentation where necessary.
5.3 Summarize the workshop results, including current potential downtime and action items to close gaps.
  • Executive communication deck that outlines current DR gaps, how to close those gaps, and recommended next steps.

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Case Studies and Deliverables

Right-Sizing DRP Case Study of a State Government Agency

Increasing complexity within the environment, with competing priorities within the organization, made it challenging to create an actionable DRP or even to know where to start.

DRP Workshop Summary for a Mid-Sized Insurance Company

The existing Business Continuity Plan lacked the specific details of a step-by-step incident response plan, and failed to account for all potential disaster scenarios. IT needed direction and focus to work through those details and create a workable disaster recovery plan.

DRP Case Study of a Global Chemical Manufacturing Firm

The Americas IT department of a global chemical manufacturing firm had made significant strides in building redundancy and resiliency within the environment. However, little had been done to define, assess, and prioritize recovery objectives or document recovery plans.

DRP Case Study of a Large Tourism Complex

A large American tourism complex had some system backup capabilities, but no disaster recovery plan (DRP). The data center was housed in a 90-year-old wooden building with a tar and gravel roof prone to leaks. Failure to develop disaster prevention and recovery plans will leave the organization in a precarious position should any incident affect the data center.

DRP Case Study of a Mid-Sized Credit Union

A highly virtualized credit union located in the eastern US has made great strides in building redundancy in the main data center. However, apart from two major applications, the company was unprepared for a major disaster – lending and user connectivity systems would be down for 5-7 days, with full functionality hampered for weeks. An assessment of risk and downtime costs needed to be completed to ensure that appropriate plan and process in place to address the risk of unplanned downtime.

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