disaster recovery

Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Ready for 2016?

Brett Harney Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

disaster recovery planning for businessTick tock, tick tock.  The sound of 2015 winding down seems to get louder as the holidays approach and year end reviews and 2016 planning commences.  Now is a good time for organizations to take these last few weeks of 2015 to review their Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan.  Let’s look back at some of our own advice from last year at this time.  

If your organization is reviewing the plan (or creating one), make sure to consider the following….

Priorities

Which applications most greatly affect the productivity and profitability of your company? If your company generates significant revenue from voice calls, make sure that you have a backup strategy in place in case your primary voice service is unavailable.

For instance, placing key employees on a hosted voice platform with mobility features is a solid plan for ensuring customers can still reach your company. Or if your company’s operations are heavily dependent on network connectivity (online ordering, hosted applications, etc.), a solid internet/ private network failover mechanism will alleviate lost productivity and revenue during a network outage.

Just keep in mind that there are varying levels of redundancy (provider, facility, physical). Critical data can be secured through offsite data center strategies or by moving to hosted application platforms (a rapidly expanding industry).

Recovery Objectives

Once critical applications have been identified, RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are essential to creating a comprehensive DR/ BC plan. At what point do each of the applications need to operate in order to ensure business operations remain stable?  And what time frame is required for full recovery of services and applications?  Answers to these questions will greatly affect strategy.

Testing

Many organizations who have a DR/ BC strategy in place fail to test that strategy on at least a bi-annual basis. Oftentimes, this failure to test results in strategy failure in the event of a disaster or disruption. Having a plan in place is only half the battle… maintaining it ensures your organization will survive in times of crisis.

These are a few of the main considerations we have addressed with numerous clients. As you develop your DR/ BC strategy you will find that are many more details to consider, all of which we can help you address. Download our Disaster Recovery Checklist to help you get started on your assessment:

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