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How is a disaster recovery business resumption plan developed?


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September 20, 2010 3:29AM

A disaster recovery plan is simply a documented process that enables your business to regain full or partial functionaliy in the event of a disaster. Creating that process can be cumbersome but every business should have one.

It is important to have key management support before trying to create a DRP/BRP/BCP. Recovery systems and technology can be simple and cheap or complex and expensive but their must be money budgeted this expense.

The first and most important step is to define business parts or functionality that need to be recovered in an emergency. Find out what kind of service level is expected from business owners/decision makes and then develop processes to meet those needs. Don't be shy - If they expect 100% service they should expect to pay the costs associated with 100% service.

There are numerous technologies, commercial and open-source, that can help. Some companies may only need backups to tape or replication to offsite locations. Others may need full backup locations called hot sites. Keep in mind, "you get what you pay for". If you don't have a full time IT staff, purchasing commercial services or products for DR may be your best option.

Once you've put technologies in place for DR you'll need to document your plan. Written documentation is best and it needs to be kept up-to-date.