When done well, disaster recovery can, indeed, make the difference between going out of business and carrying on. Aside from the "bottom line", it can also have consequences for the quality of life, and life itself, depending on the nature of your business.
Planning and prevention are key to any good disaster recovery plan. Some events can not be rushed (hurricanes, floods), but some can.
Every organization should have a solid disaster recovery plan in place. Often times, we find that companies wait until disaster actually strikes before they get serious about disaster recovery for their network and it infrastructure.
- Get organized – When the metaphorical feces hits the fan you do not want to waste time looking for CDs and documentation.
- Check your backups – Make sure your backups are functional and your process for restoring them is also functional BEFORE disaster strikes.
- Licenses – Make sure you have an up-to-date list of licenses at your disposal.
- Documentation – Should go without saying, but make sure you have ready access to expert documentation.
- Contact Support Partners – contact expert technology solution providers. If disaster strikes, you want to make sure that things are restored correctly. Put the burden on your solution provider to make this happen. It's why you pay them.
- Review on a regular basis – Constantly audit your procedures to ensure they still work.
It's pretty simple wants you have a regular, disciplined plan and process. Keep up to date with it and the sky will not fall just because your system failed you.