It seems like every month a new survey surfaces that reveals how many enterprises are still unprepared to cope with any kind of service disruption, much less an out-and-out disaster. And the numbers are often staggering, with half or more of the represented companies hoping to get by on a wing and a prayer.
Equally staggering are the industry statistics that show how hard a company can be hit by the loss of their IT resources for even a relatively short period time. For some, a day or two without systems can be a fatal blow. No company chooses to be vulnerable, but many feel that disaster recovery planning is too complex, consumes too many resources and is far too expensive. There’s no denying that in some cases, enterprise disaster recovery planning can be a complicated and time-consuming process, but for most organizations, doing a little homework and making judicious purchases can effectively protect key computing assets that are core to your business.
Understanding potential risks is one of the initial steps in preparing for business continuity. During the risk assessment process, you’re likely to find that the scope of your efforts doesn’t have to be as wide as anticipated and you can concentrate on only the likeliest of possible interruptions.
With a good understanding of potential risks in place, you can then assess the impact of events associated with those risks. In effect, you can determine just how much preventive medicine is required and what will be needed to get the patient—your company—back on its feet.
This, of course, is an oversimplification of enterprise disaster recovery, but the point is planning for business continuity is not only within the reach of most companies, it may also be imperative for the survival of a business.
This guide on enterprise disaster recovery will serve as an easy on-ramp to DR planning. Each article describes critical points and considerations, and guides you through each planning phase. And to make the planning process even less painful, we’ve provided links so you can download DR planning templates from our extensive SearchDisasterRecovery.com template library. These templates make creating a DR plan nearly as easy as filling in the blanks, so you can get started on your company’s DR plan right now. –Rich Castagna, Editorial Director, TechTarget's Storage Media Group
A LOOK INSIDE THIS GUIDE ON ENTERPRISE DISASTER RECOVERY
- Top 10 things you must have in your DR plan: Use this helpful checklist to ensure you don’t miss any key points in the DR plan process.
- Disaster recovery budget checklist and template: Learn how to put together a DR budget with our free template designed to help you organize your DR budget planning process.
- Business risk assessments in IT disaster recovery planning: Learn why a risk assessment is an important part of your DR plan and how to put one together.
- Getting started with a business impact analysis: Learn why a business impact analysis is an important part of your DR plan and how to put one together.
- Top five free disaster recovery planning templates: Get started with your disaster recovery plan today and download our top five free disaster recovery planning templates.
This was first published in September 2011