Five Considerations When Charting out your Disaster Recovery Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Bearing in mind that not all disasters are manmade, failing may be unavoidable considering the myriad of factors that can lead to a disaster striking your organization. And because you never know in advance when disaster will strike, being prepared can make all the difference. So instead of pretending that threats or disasters don’t exist or that it won’t happen to your business, consider preparing for it instead and so limit (or even avoid) damage and get back to business quickly. For this you need a disaster recovery plan.

In this post we detail five considerations when charting out your disaster recovery plan.

1. Decide what data you can lose

Here you have to consider your most critical apps and data. Questions to ask include “what applications generate revenue” and “what data is absolutely crucial for your customers, accounting, compliance, sales, etc.?” In the process of considering these questions, you will automatically start prioritizing and understanding what you can, and cannot, lose and so focus on your organization’s salient systems and devices.

2. Agree on a recovery time objective (RTO) and a recovery point objective (RPO)

Closely linked to knowing what data you can afford to lose is knowing for how long and when you want your critical apps to be back online. RTO and RPO are two of the most important parameters for disaster recovery.

3. Have a plan for mobile devices

Mobile devices are not always connected and therefore need an alternative approach to disaster recovery and an alternative disaster recovery plan. This plan should be able to function independently from the organization’s overall disaster recovery plan.

4. Get users on board

Educate and empower your users to coordinate their own backups and so feel part of the organization’s disaster recovery strategy. Being responsible for their own backups may see them consider the implications in their other data-related actions.

5. Know where your data centers are located

Whether you own the data centers or whether they are the property of third parties, it is necessary to keep track of them as they will change over time. This entails keeping accurate records of contracts with suppliers, service providers, etc. that may change locations or even regions of the world.

Thinking about your organization facing a disaster is never fun, but conditioning yourself to think “if disaster struck tomorrow, what would I have done differently today”, can make all the difference. As a market leader and expert in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) for hybrid cloud enterprises, CloudOak can source and integrate technology solutions for the channel implemented for emerging SMB, SME and MSPs.