Suggested Questions to Ask Yourself about Your DR Plan

An article on business2community.com has provided a list of five great questions to ask yourself about your DR plan.

Here they are:

1) What is the economic risk if core applications go down for a day, a week, or even longer?

It’s important to understand the economic value of all the different applications you’re running. Some mean more than others in terms of revenue-impact. Your business team can help you figure out what the impact would be for different scenarios, then you can use that information to prioritize your applications.

2) How are our applications currently protected and are they all protected the same way?

The article suggests sorting applications into a four-tier structure. It states, “Sort your applications into a 4-level tiered structure with Tier 1 applications requiring near instantaneous RTO and RPOs that are best served with a high-availability solution. Tier 2 applications will have less aggressive requirements, for example requiring 30-minute RPO and 4-hour RTO. Tier 3 and Tier 4 applications fall farther down on the prioritization list, as they can withstand a day of downtime or longer, as long as the data is protected within the solution.”

3) What will happen to our key data in the event of a disaster?

You want to make sure in the event of a disaster, not only that your key data is secured, but it also needs to be accessible, to an extent. Your recovery solution should guard your data but allow for access to things like decryption keys that you may need.

4) Which types of disasters are we guarding against?

It’s not just a difference between natural disasters and man-made disasters. According to the article there are five general types of disasters:

  • Application disasters
  • Infrastructure disasters
  • Datacenter disasters
  • Metro disasters
  • Regional disasters

It’s important to understand each one and know what your DR plan is prepared to handle.

5) What were the results of our latest full recovery test?

As with so many things, communication is key when it comes to effectively executing DR plans. Run testing twice a year if possible and keep good records of your results. Review them with your staff and make sure your DR plan is always kept up-to-date.

 

For more information, read the original article here: http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/5-questions-need-answer-dr-plan-0794897#!yk4zc