CIOs and IT recovery managers need to ensure that their teams are ready to implement disaster recovery processes when the time is right. Unfortunately, things often go wrong. As a CIO or IT recovery manager, you need to make sure you use your time effectively and have a clear strategic vision of making things run smoothly to prevent your BC|DR plan from losing stuff.
All businesses are different. Each of them is unique. However, they often experience similar challenges when managing risk and formulating an effective disaster recovery process.
With that said, let’s consider the top disaster recovery CIOs or IT administrators should consider.
Lack of an effective plan
Businesses must have a disaster recovery plan. It is not just a plan, but a well-thought-out strategy that takes care of every detail. In such cases, it is not enough to have a plan that is 95% successful in execution.
Don’t buy redundant equipment
Disaster recovery planning is often considered a backup plan. Many businesses need more time to be ready to invest in equipment that will only be used in the event of a disaster. Many may not use it at all, which means companies are investing in staff they may never need.
Putting an effective disaster recovery plan in place shouldn’t cost you a fortune. However, he shouldn’t expect it to cost him anything either. The key to making sound purchasing decisions is that companies need to be smart and reuse hardware whenever possible.
failing the test
Testing is one of the keys to success. Businesses need to be 100% sure that their disaster recovery plan will be successfully implemented when the time comes. Disaster recovery plans can be expensive and time consuming, which is among the main reasons many companies don’t try them.
Another aspect to take into account is hardware failures. All your effort will only be worth something if your company invests in buying identical servers to restore your data. Making backups is not enough. Buying the same server allows you to have a store of backup parts that you can use in case something goes wrong with your main server.
External backups must be offsite. You must be prepared for the worst case scenario to happen. In the event of a fire or flood, you should have a full backup in a separate location. However, if your offsite backup is miles away, will you be able to get there to recover your physical media quickly? In such situations, online backups can help you mitigate this.
No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they need to recover from a disaster. However, it is always better to be fully prepared and to do additional testing and investment to minimize downtime.
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