4 Must-Haves For An Effective DR Plan
If you were to lose access to your environment, hardware, connectivity, or critical data and applications, how long could your business survive? Many businesses can’t afford even a few minutes of downtime because of its costly toll on revenue and brand perception.
Ransomware, fire, and even an employee accidentally formatting a hard drive are just a few of many dangers that could potentially and unpredictably put you out of business. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t have a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan to protect themselves from these costly threats.
Investing in a solid DR plan now is typically a much better option than potentially paying even greater costs down the line. A well-crafted plan can help minimize downtime and protect your business from the potentially devastating effects of disaster.
Want to ensure your businesses is ready when disaster strikes? Make sure you can check off each of these four DR plan necessities:
1. An Evaluation of Your Unique Recovery Requirements
Assess your current situation and determine what needs your DR plan must meet. By understanding and prioritizing your needs, you can improve the effectiveness of your recovery efforts, reduce costs, and know which aspects you might consider investing more in to recover.
- Conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to help identify how downtime could impact your business and which applications are most important for your business to recover
- Determine how long can you go without these applications and data (RTO, or Recovery Time Objective) and how much data you can afford to lose (RPO, or Recovery Point Objective)
- Make a complete inventory of hardware and software
- Check that your business practices are compliant with industry regulations
2. Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities
Make sure that every individual in your business has an understanding of their responsibilities during disaster in order to minimize confusion and speed up recovery efforts.
- Create a chain of command for disaster situations
- Designate a meeting place in case your primary location is rendered unusable
- Ensure employees are well-versed to perform responsibilities with practice scenarios
- Detail how you will communicate during an emergency where normal avenues of communication could be rendered unusable
3. Alignment with Vendors and Service Providers
Be sure to clarify with any third-party vendors or providers how they will (or will not) help with recovery efforts.
- Ensure you know what to expect of your providers and vendors during disaster, including that their roles are clearly stated
- Check that you are on the same page when it comes to how fast they are expected to respond or recover your systems, if at all
- Be sure to find this information out sooner than later or you might be surprised to find that your provider does less for DR than you expected
4. Training, Testing, and Maintaining
A plan that is regularly tested and updated stands a much better chance of being effective than one collecting dust on a shelf.
- Verify that the RTO and RPOs match your expectations and requirements
- During testing, verify that your plan is redundant (if one part of your plan fails, will your plan still work?)
- Change is constant in the business world; be sure to regularly test and update your DR plan with changes to your system
- Make sure your DR plan is executable and thorough enough that no question is left unanswered
- Consider whether your business would benefit from an outsourced DR solution
Want a Top-Notch DR Solution Without the Hassle?
Having an effective DR plan can protect your business from downtime devastation, so make sure to build your plan strategically and keep it up-to-date.
You may want to consider a qualified provider’s help if your brand and revenue would suffer from downtime lasting more than a few minutes, or if you could be put out of business if it lasts for days or weeks.
LightBound’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offers the best in DR solutions:
- Lighting fast recovery speed for both your data and infrastructure
- An "executable plan" for disaster recovery, where you essentially push a button and are recovered
- Constant data replication to ensure no data is lost
- A personalized approach that accounts for your unique needs
- Business changes that affect your recovery are auto-incorporated into the LightBound platform
- Protection against ransomware, natural disasters, human error, and any other data risk
- Superior security without needing DR staff or hardware
If you’d like a top-notch DR solution without the hassle of building and maintaining it, LightBound can help take the weight off your shoulders and give you peace of mind.
If you’d like to learn more about disaster recovery options for your business, download our Disaster Recovery Guide to get the breakdown on what to look for and what to avoid for the best protection in DR.