Disaster Recovery Preparation

Disaster Recovery Preparation determines your ability to restore that computer’s functions and data after a disaster occurs.  In the event that your current facilities or equipment are rendered unavailable due to fire, flood, electrical or other forms of damage, it Disaster Recovery Preparationis important to have prepared for quick restoration of your system resources and data.  We can provide your business with the compilation of disaster recovery resources including software, licenses, hardware, facilities and data restoration to allow for rapid reproduction of your work environment.

 

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery (DR) the process, policies and procedures that are related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure which are vital to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster.  Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems that support business functions,as opposed to business continuity, which involves planning for keeping all aspects of a business functioning in the midst of disruptive events.

Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity.

What are the steps to Disaster Recovery Preparation?

The goal of a DRP is to resume normal computing capabilities in as little time as possible. A typical DRP has several stages, including the following:

  • Understanding an organization’s activities and how all of its resources are interconnected.
  • Assessing an organization’s vulnerability in all areas, including operating procedures, physical space and equipment, data integrity and contingency planning.
  • Understanding how all levels of the organization would be affected in the event of a disaster.
  • Developing a short-term recovery plan.
  • Developing a long-term recovery plan, including how to return to normal business operations and prioritizing the order of functions that are resumed.
  • Testing and consistently maintaining and updating the plan as the business changes.

A key to a successful DRP is taking steps to preventing the likelihood of disasters from occurring, such as using a hot site or cold site to back up data archives.