Imagine that after a disaster (natural, accidental or intentional), a company is involved in such a disaster that it needs to restore desktop running most of the tasks that were performed on the main site or another site as soon as possible. How is this possible? It is precisely this moment when a disaster recovery plan comes into play. Disaster recovery is the ability to recover the data quickly and completely as soon as possible. The type of disaster may vary, but the ultimate goal is always the same. Restore the activities of the company! A backup site is vital, but will be useless without a recovery plan. The plan for disaster recovery or business continuity plan will determine every facet of the process of disaster recovery.
What events denote possible disasters
- The company has the authority to declare a disaster and therefore, can put the plan into action
- The functions and responsibilities of all personnel are involved in implementing the plan
- An inventory of hardware and software is required to restore production
- A schedule listing the team members that make up the backup location, including a rotation schedule to support ongoing operations without stressing team members
- The sequence of events necessary to move operations from the backup location to the new data center
The disaster recovery plans often serve the purpose of gathering all the details. This level of detail is vital because in the event of an emergency, the plan may be the only thing left from your previous data center (obviously, in addition to off-site backups) to help you rebuild and restore operations.
Tip: The Disaster recovery plans should be readily available on your desktop, but it is also necessary to have copies outside of the Plan. Thus, a disaster that destroys your workplace will not reach the copies of the Disaster Recovery Plan.
A good place to store a local copy is the backup storage (if any). If it does not violate safety standards of your organization, copies may also be kept in the homes of key members of the team, ready for immediate use.
Customer premises (In-House): Building facilities along the lines of the main installation, which can be employed in an emergency is an expensive option.
Contracts with third parties: It involves the temporary use of the facilities of another company.
Empty place (Cold Site): This plan requires only an empty room with no computer equipment or connections to do the job. Everything should be taken further and there should be an estimated time in the plan to restore the environment.