Disaster Recovery Begins with a Good Plan
|Disaster Recovery Begins with a Good Plan|
We all know how to grab our laptops and cell phones and keep them safe during a disaster or emergency. But do we have a plan together to do the same for all the machines and equipment in our businesses? Do you have current backups? Are they working? Do you need to move services to the cloud? Do you need a co-location facility?
A well thought out Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can give you peace of mind and save you time in getting your business back online. A comprehensive DRP starts with good documentation. An important first step in getting things back together following a disaster is knowing the location of your backups. Documenting that location along with the procedures for restoration are of paramount importance.
Deeper documentation would include: network accounts and passwords, vendor contacts (internet, voice, electric, and utility) and account numbers, equipment lists including a shutdown and startup list, and a list of contacts of your key people in a recovery effort. This plan should be current, updated regularly, and in the hands of your IT Service Provider and the key members of the Disaster Recovery Team.
A well thought out DRP can give you peace of mind and save you time in getting your business back online.
Additionally, a Disaster Preparedness Plan (DPP) documents steps to be taken prior to a known, impending disaster such as a hurricane. A DPP would cover things such as ensuring that all backup media, except one carried to another location, is stored in a Safety Deposit Box. Shut down all servers and network equipment then cover with tarps or plastic. Determine evacuation locations, and who will return to begin recovery. All this and more is covered in a unified DRP.
If your organization’s DRP is out of date or if you need to create one for the first time, BEMA provides these services for our clients. Check with your BEMA Engineer if you have any questions about disaster recovery for your organization.