Preparing for an IT Disaster Recovery

When preparing for an IT disaster, what steps do businesses take to accommodate for a crisis? According to, there are five ways to prepare for disaster recovery.

1. Backup storage: One thing companies must do in preparation for disaster is to make sure they back up everything they need to recover if a catastrophe occurs. This includes the operating system and user data. Doing so allows businesses to get back up and running quickly.

2. RPOs and RTOs: Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) are used to determine how much data a company can afford to lose. Using both of these tools will allow you to tailor recovery depending on the importance of the data lost and how it applies to the continuance of business.

3. Strategy requirements: Fitting a company’s recovery strategy to the requirements of its business is important. By looking at your business and seeing what truly needs to be dealt with to continue operating in the face of disaster can save you time and money, as nonessential functions are put on hold while more important areas are recovered first.

4. Preparation for recovery: Thinking and planning how a company will proceed after disaster strikes is important in disaster recovery. Taking a more proactive approach, considering what will need to be done, and how to accomplish those tasks once disaster strikes will serve a business better than a more reactive approach and doing what needs to be done in the moment. This strategy is more cost effective in the long term and reassures your shareholders that you will be in control regardless of the situation.

5. Preparation for restoration: Eventually a company will want to get back to business as usual. This phase should be a part of any backup strategy. That way, resources can be allocated for the eventuality of a crisis and subsequent data recovery. Once the situation has been stabilized and things are somewhat back to normal, a company will want to switch back to normal operating procedures. Planning for this ahead of time will allow the transition to be smooth and without unnecessary delays.

The goal of any disaster recovery plan is to get back to doing business as quickly as possible with the least amount of hold-up. By planning what a company will do ahead of a crisis allows the organization to be that much ahead of the game when disaster does strike.

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