Setting Up a Disaster Recovery Plan

Setting Up a Disaster Recovery Plan

We never expect a disaster, but it can happen to anyone. Businesses that suffer major data loss from a disaster usually shut down before long. With a good recovery plan, though, you can come through fires, theft, or floods with your data intact.

The first step in a disaster recovery plan is identifying all essential systems. You need to keep this list up to date, to make sure you aren’t omitting any important data in your plan.

You need to set up offsite backup for all of these systems. The backup needs to reside in a secure location, a good distance away from your primary systems. The backup needs to be one you can reconstruct a running system from, not just a copy of the data files. The backup process and the offsite copy need to be secure.

Preparation for the worst requires a plan of action. How will the management contact people? Will you still have the recovery passwords if the office burns up? How will you restore the systems if the existing machines are ruined? How quickly do you need to restore minimal access to customers?

A plan may sound good, but if you never test it, chances are something is missing, and at best there will be a lot of confusion when carrying it out. Practicing a full recovery may be too disruptive, but the people in charge of the plan should test it as much as reasonably possible. Restoring a backup to a test server and booting it is a reasonable readiness check.

In a disaster, some key people might be incapacitated or unreachable. A recovery plan should provide for backing up people as well as data, so that an incomplete team can do everything that’s needed.

Onsite Techs can help to set up your disaster recovery plan so that your business can survive serious mishaps. Contact us to learn more.