Disaster recovery is meant to be the process and procedures followed by the latest technologies to recover or continue the process and to maintain the technology infrastructure. This infrastructure is crucial to the organization and disaster can happen anytime due to natural or human error. Disaster recovery can be a subset of the business continuity. It focuses on the information technology and the systems which are helping and supporting the business functions.
The IT systems have become very important for the smooth functioning of the organization so it is very important that your IT infrastructure should be updated and running all the time. According to a survey it is estimated that many managed IT services companies spend their budgets up to 5% on disaster recovery planning. These firms have their aim not to lose the IT infrastructure and data with the help of effective disaster recovery.
There are mainly two types of disasters which are natural like hurricanes, floods or earthquakes and the second are manmade such as hazardous material spills, bio-chemical wastages and infrastructure failures etc. Most companies which are offering the online backup services mainly have backup as a primary recovery plan for the mid-sized businesses (SMB). For better running of the business IT processes a better recovery plan should be introduced.
There are many things which can be lost in a disaster. This can be anything which hinders the business process. This can be assets, records, employees and suppliers etc. The loss of the information includes customer’s details and other internal data etc. There can be loss of access, use of premises, computers etc can be happen at any time.
By considering the following steps a good plan can be made:
1. By identifying the core elements of the company and assigning values to the assets.
2. By prioritize each area of work to the appropriate person.
3. By defining and considering a plan according to the customer’s expectations.
4. By communicating the strategy in the whole organization and check whether the resources are prepared accordingly or not.
As the plan is ready and it has been tested and reviewed now the management should approve it. The plan is like an insurance confirming that the business can be run if a disaster happens. The effectiveness and success of the plan depends on the way it is written, implemented and how one can understands it. The plan should be reviewed periodically and updated according to the need of the business process.