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Architecting Disaster Recovery Planning

It is fair to say that I.T can challenge your business, no matter what product or service you offer. Many of us might say that when a computer glitch occurs, there are a few simple steps to get your IT working again. This will depend on whether you have in house or outsourced IT help desk or knowledge of computing.  But what would you do if you unexpectedly found that you could not connect to your servers and began to experience complete IT meltdown? True to form, this happens far more often that expected, something that not even helpdesk alone can fix. Rather than worry about the problem causing you IT disaster, prepare to plan for IT disasters big or small, so you can restore functionality within a lead time ideal for the business.

If you don’t have a disaster recovery solution yet, at Keytech, we will help you to embrace a IT disaster recovery plan (DR) specifically designed for your business so that you can confidently deliver and restore to normal business operations.  Launch a robust DR plan with Keytech.

How do you plan for IT disaster recovery?

The responsibilities of a disaster recover plan lies within a collective approach to include people, processes, policies, and technologies.

The theory of disaster recovery can apply to any business size, though it goes without saying, as the number of computers, people and business operations grows, simple back up applications can will inevitably run into difficulties.

Post the testing a full review should be carried out of the performance and recovery times, to compare against the expectation set by the business for the application recovery time objective.  Lots of business has backup systems in place that are rarely tested to ensure that the data integrity of the backups is as expected and fit for purpose.  It is not a good time to find out that the backup data is corrupt or not there when you are in a real recovery or disaster situation.

Keytech have been providing hosted DR backup solutions for nearly 20 years and so are ideally placed to give you a robust back up solution.

Disaster recovery audit

The first 48 Hours of any major outage are critical to your company. Carrying out a set of risk analysis tests before coming up with a plan, will help us to understand which are the most critical business activities supported by particular IT services. This analysis outlines all possible incidents that can harm business operations regardless of how remote and unlikely they seem to potentially cause a disaster. From this knowledge, recovery time and recovery point objectives can be established. A big part of Disaster Recovery is in fact testing the recovery process and documenting any particular recoveries and any lessons learnt during the testing phase.

IT Disaster recovery strategy development

After the assessment, a recovery policy will be devised to produce a complete tailor made business continuity plan that clearly indicates the procedures it will follow to successfully achieve the set milestones from the point of disruption, up to full recovery.
Steps will be designed to outline crucial aspects whilst the IT recovery process goes on.

We will integrate:

  • Site Designation
  • Data Back-up
  • Drills
  • Personnel back-up
  • Test and validate DR Plans

Testing

The ability to overcome IT disasters can be challenging, but with your simplified disaster recovery plan in place, we will test the recovery measures to determine the correct results work effectively. DR testing should be carried out at least once per annum to ensure that any changes in application or environment are captured during the test, documenting changes to all channels.

Incidence response and plan activation

Having a proper incident response plan is necessary as it will help to save the system from critical failure by containing the situation. The severity of the problems are then determined and should any data loss be raised, this can be managed in the response plan.

Procedures

Post to testing, a full review is carried out for performance and recovery times, to compare against the expectation set by the business for the application recovery time objective. Too often, businesses that have backup systems in place, fail to stick to back up procedures and thou rarely tested to ensure that the data integrity of the backups is as expected and fit for purpose.

Plan maintenance

It is important that the disaster recovery solution remains relevant to the business requirements and its applications. Key activities will be set to harness a robust disaster recovery maintenance plan.

Building a continuous improvement capability

The Keytech Hosted DR approach will help your business to stay one step ahead and look to the future of a IT business continuity programme. In order to keep on top of disaster recovery, encompasses a set of planned activities to continually improve all IT functions, involving people and processes. Your disaster recovery plan should never standstill. Commit to achieving corrective and preventive measures, will ultimately set your business on a path to securing longevity of seamless business continuity.

 

Everything helps when you’re prepared. The ones that keep their doors open for business after an IT disaster, are the ones with an IT lifecycle disaster recovery plan.

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