What is a Disaster Recovery Plan

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Today companies rely heavily on technology and digital operations. It increases opportunities for business growth and scaling but at the same time brings new challenges. As most important data is stored in a digital format, any disaster that affects IT infrastructure might cause significant losses. If you add up human factors, natural disasters, and cyber-threats, it becomes clear that having a disaster recovery plan is a must.

A disaster recovery plan contains detailed instructions on how to respond to unforeseen incidents, such as natural disasters, power outages, cyber-attacks, employees’ critical mistakes, and other disruptive factors. The main components are:

1. Dedicated expert team

This team is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining a disaster recovery plan. They should define everyone’s roles in case of emergency and appoint a person to contact in the event of a disaster. All employees should be informed of and understand the recovery clearly. This team might be created of your own onsite IT specialists, consist of your employees and third-party experts, or might be outsourced to your MSP or cloud partner.

2. Risk identification and assessment.

Every company should assess risks before creating a disaster recovery plan. Natural disasters, human factors, tech-related incidents, industry specifics must be taken into account. Understanding threats will help in quick and effective recovery strategies.

3. Business processes evaluation.

Some operations, hardware, and applications are more critical than others. A disaster recovery plan should identify essential business components and focus on vital resources, applications, and documents. The primary goal of the plan is to ensure a short-term survival ability of business and only after this to concentrate on restoring the organization’s full capacity.

4. Reliable backup option.

To make sure that your critical business information and sensitive data is safe, whatever happens, you must ensure a reliable backup process. It should include the list of data to backup, backup frequency, and storage location. Cloud backup services make it easy to keep your data safe and guarantee easy access to it from any device anytime.

5. Test and further maintenance.

Once developed and implemented, a disaster recovery plan needs to be regularly reviewed. It is a continual process as threats are constantly changing. It is recommended to regularly test a company’s disaster recovery plan and update it to accommodate changes in business processes, technologies, and evolving risks.

As more businesses embrace cloud solutions, cloud-based disaster recovery is becoming more critical. Flexibility, reliability, and scalability allow you to protect your IT infrastructure and improve business resiliency. All you need is an experienced cloud-service partner. Contact us to learn more about our services.

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