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Disaster recovery planning

Reducing down time and protecting data is crucial for any business. Building a disaster recovery strategy is more than simply backing up your data. What is the "lost income" when your business does not have access to your computers? It your business depends on computers for billing, inventory, customer tracking, promotions or other critical business tasks, you want to find out how to build and implement an entire Disaster Recovery strategy for your business. I can help you develop and implement that strategy.

My disaster recovery goals

  • Recover the machine as fast as possible
  • Recovery is as automated as possible
  • Recover the business in as close to the original state as possible

Reasons to plan ahead

Disasters come in many forms. Some major disasters include tropical storms that cause flooding, heavy snows and ice that weigh down power lines and roofs, electrical shorts that start fires. However even minor disasters such as virus attacks, disgruntled employees, power surges or brown outs can be a major headache for a business. Planning ahead means that your business is affected for the least amount of time at the minimum cost.

Considerations for creating a disaster recovery plan

  • Can you identify all of your mission-critical applications?
  • What happens when no one is responding to online customers (E-commerce, Internet, email)?
  • If your system is down - what are the other impact to your customers (i.e. shipping and inventory)?
  • When the system is up again, how long will it take to recover?
  • How long can my business systems be off-line?

Components of a disaster recovery plan

When the strategy is determined for your business many types of solutions must be brought together to carefully cover all the bases. Physical solutions, cover the things you can touch and their power systems. This can also include system design to provide for reconfiguration to restore partial functionality. Software solutions are tools that help automate the process. This also includes record keeping to help assure that preparatory activities have been done. Procedural solutions are the methods that insure that no errors (or omissions) are made while securing your assets. They include educating you and your staff how to avoid disasters and how to recover from them. Procedural solutions also include written step by step instructions to carry out the activities of preparation and recovery. Your plan integrates these aspects together to insure that you can recover after a disaster.

Physical solutions

  • Uninterrupted or backup power
  • Backup methods of communication
  • Hot spare / Stand-by systems
  • Safe media copies of software and data
  • Off site storage of media copies
  • Site level recovery

Software solutions

  • Automation of backups
  • Version tracking to assist recovering each computer
  • Reconfigure a network
  • Audit trails of completed activities

Procedural solutions

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