The 4 things you should have in your disaster recovery plan checklist


Disaster Recovery: Do You Have an Existing Plan?

Do you know what your disaster recovery plan is? Many companies either don't have a plan or have one that doesn't meet their current business needs, which could put them at risk of serious consequences if a data loss occurs.

A disaster recovery plan is something you can't afford to neglect if you want to protect your business against all eventualities.

Know Your RTOs and RPOs

Do you know the Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) of your disaster recovery plan? An RTO is a target for the time taken to recover your normal business activities. Your RTO can include the time it takes to discover the problem that has affected your IT systems, as well as the time needed to get your systems working again and restore all data from your backup.

In contrast, an RPO defines the frequency with which you back up your data. This determines how much data you would lose if a disaster happened. If you don't know what your RPO is, you could end up losing a lot more data than you expect in the event of a disaster.

If you set your RTO and RPO a long time ago, they may no longer meet your business requirements. When your business was smaller, perhaps you could afford to take a couple of days to get your IT systems working again, but is that feasible now your business has grown? Backing up once a month might have been fine once, but now you're doing a lot more business, and that could result in a huge amount of data loss. You need to ensure your RPOs and RTOs meet your business requirements.

Are Your Critical Systems Protected?

If there are critical systems that you can't afford to lose access to, you need to ensure that your disaster recovery plan is set up to protect them. You need to have backup systems that can help your business carry on running smoothly in the event of a hardware failure or hacking attempt. If you have added new critical systems since you made your disaster plan, you need to update the plan to ensure they are protected.

Have You Tested Your Disaster Recovery Solution?

Putting a disaster recovery solution in place is a good first step, but how do you know whether your solution will work when you need it to? If you have never tested your disaster recovery solution, or you haven't tested it for many years, you can't rely on it working. Testing your disaster recovery solution allows you to predict how it will perform in the event of a disaster, which means you can change the plan as required to meet your business goals.

How to Put a Disaster Recovery Solution in Place

Many people think that disaster recovery solutions are expensive and difficult to set up. However, this is not necessarily the case. By working with a company such as DSM Technology Consultants, you can put in place a disaster recovery solution that is both effective and affordable. DSM can help you evaluate your systems to determine how fast you could recover if a disaster occurred today.

Using this evaluation, we can help you create, test and implement an action plan for disaster recovery. When you have the right professional help, setting up a disaster recovery plan does not have to be difficult, expensive or time consuming. If you already have a DR plan, it's time to dust it off and make sure the RTOs and RPOs still meet your organization's needs.

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