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Planning for the Unexpected is Critical: Business-Continuity and Disaster-Recovery

Strategic business-continuity plans include disaster-recovery and work area recovery options to maintain data integrity and availability, and to remain compliant. Companies today are expected to be accessible 24/7 year-around. Disruption is unacceptable for any company; for some, though, the consequences can be even more significant. Forrester Research estimates that outages cost businesses $110,000 per hour. A single day of downtime can cost a company upwards of $2 million in lost revenue, as well as work-arounds and reconciliation expenses.

The key difference between disaster-recovery and business-continuity is that business-continuity is not data centric, its business centric. Factoring in key goals and strategies for business-continuity will help mitigate mistakes most common to disaster recovery.

 

BUSINESS CONTINUITY GOALS

  1. Reduce the recovery time for IT service restoration;
  2. Minimize the risk of unplanned centralized computer systems downtime and;
  3. If possible, decrease the overall costs associated with IT services recovery.

 

DISCOVERY AND ASSESSMENT

  • Identify and organize company systems availability vision and goals;
  • Determine and align any current or planned required priorities and disaster recovery initiatives;
  • Develop a set of core requirements and preferred features;
  • Finalize inventories of in-scope hardware, software and third-party contracts;
  • Analyze recent (last 12 months) planned and unplanned outages;
  • Identify potential single points of failure;
  • Perform physical site reviews of several locations;
  • Review current processes and procedures;
  • Formulate and validate IT service (D/R) alternatives.

 

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERNAL AVAILABILTY REVIEW

After your initial interviews and data gathering, take a closer look at the existing architecture within your organization. Then, evaluate the robustness and extensibility of the infrastructure and work with your application and system architects to:

  • Review existing system independencies
  • Discuss current and planned requirements
  • Examine application server and system setups
  • Evaluate current data backup and restore processes
  • Examine network schemas and failover network connections
  • Identify reliability, performance, and availability design constraints

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

During your study, identify a set of common critical success factors that are important to the efficient and effective implementation of business continuity risk mitigation. These factors help ensure that your overall organization benefits fully from the expertise and experience of the senior managers and staff, that assessments were conducted efficiently, and that the assessment results led to appropriate / do-able actions.

The sub-organizations in your study must recognize that risk assessments are an integral part of managing risks. They singularly and sometimes in concert should develop procedures and tools to ensure that their information availability programs were not neglected. The Disaster Recovery procedures and periodic tests help ensure that these risks are periodically examined, validated, discussed and understood and that the most significant risks are continuously identified and addressed as needed.

Provision Data Services is ready to help your company define the best approach disaster recovery preparation. For more information about Provision’s data center solutions, or to schedule a tour of 2020 Live Oak, contact our team today.

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