Without a proper disaster recovery plan, vendor Peak 10 warns, IT managers will often panic when things go wrong, making the situation worse.
The company suggests that organizations follow these three steps to set their DR planning in motion:
Step 1: Identify Crucial Data Requirements
Replicating all of an organization’s data can be prohibitively expensive. Therefore, data should be inventoried and classified to prioritize the organization’s most essential applications, processes and data.
Step 2: Calculate Risk and Recovery Objectives
While data center downtime always has a negative impact, different organizations face different risks. Organizations should outline possible costs associated with downtime, including lost revenue, regulatory fines, increased expenses and reputational damage. They should also assess each application’s vulnerability to events that can cause downtime.
Step 3: Match Technical Solutions to Objectives
Once organizations have a firm grasp on their crucial data, risk areas and recovery objectives, they can explore DR solutions that best meet their needs, including colocation facilities and cloud services.
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