Network disaster recovery is not a one-and-done process, nor is it a one-size-fits-all solution. While most businesses are aware that they need a DRP, many of them have not quiet covered all of their bases. This article will discuss some critical pieces that may be missing from your DRP, or, to completely rephrase the title, here are five MISTAKES you might be making in your network disaster recovery plan.
1. You Are Focused on Preparing for Only One Disaster
As residents of the Gulf Coast, the two disasters that come to mind instantly are hurricanes and tornadoes. While you may be taking measures to protect your physical assets from wind and flood damage, have you taken appropriate measures against other disasters? Are you prepared with some type of business continuity plan if your business suffers from a fire? Even a simple neighborhood blackout can cripple your business and make you lose valuable data.
Recommendation: Create a DRP and BCP (business continuity plan) that covers all of your bases. You might be over prepared for the worst-case scenario, while being completely unprepared for a minor outage.
2. Testing and Documentation
Are you testing your DRP regularly? 40% of companies reported that their network disaster recovery plan did not work after a loss incident (Source: Disaster Recovery Council). Your disaster response team may not know their roles well enough, or your RPO windows will be too wide to be useful. Regular testing will expose vulnerabilities, places to improve, and allow you to invest in updates for your DR/BC strategy as technologies improve.
Recommendation: Create a DR test schedule, test different disruption scenarios, and document your findings with each test. Keep a printed copy of your DRP available.
3. An Offsite, Secondary Datacenter
If your backup storage system onsite in another room in your building? Do you have a secondary datacenter at all? If you’re sending your backup data to the cloud, you’re thinking in the right direction. Your disaster recovery plan must send your backup data offsite, if not to the cloud, then to a dedicated secondary datacenter.
Recommendation: Partner with a flexible IT services provider. Your business might be able to leverage a combination of automatic cloud backup services and enterprise secondary storage. Chose a provider than can promise you the shortest recovery time objective.
4. Communications and Contingencies
Have you planned for possible contingencies? Are you able to communicate to the members of your disaster recovery team in the event of an incident? Contingency planning, also known as the proverbial “Plan B,” is a heavily overlooked aspect of a network disaster recovery plan.
Recommendation: You can identify opportunities for contingency planning when you run regularly scheduled DRP tests. Remember to test your alternative communications, and develop contingency plans if they fail.
5. The Plan (A Real One)
A 2014 study by the Disaster Preparedness Council found that 60% companies don’t have a fully documented network disaster recovery plan. Even if you have plans and technologies in place to back up your data (which is a step in the right direction), your organization might still find itself lost for even a minor disruption.
Recommendation: Partner with a full-service, enterprise IT solutions provider in Houston, Dallas, Austin or New Orleans. You’ll get local support before, during, and after an incident and offload the burden of testing to your provider.
Find out how to rest easily when you offload the pain of creating and implementing a network disaster recovery plan to a local enterprise technology company. Contact Centre Technologies to speak with a DR expert today.
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