Disaster Recovery

Stages of Disaster Recovery Planning – Testing the Plan

So you have your systems in place, you have your documentation and if things go south in true Gloria Gaynor style ‘You Will Survive’. But will you? Will it work?

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The Stages of Disaster Recovery Planning – The IT Element

IT systems are one of your most vulnerable to outages in general. They can fail in many ways but they can also be mitigated against to provide different levels of redundancy. Below are some possible failures and mitigating options. This is not exhaustive by any means but shows what is possible.

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The Stages of Disaster Recovery Planning – The Plan

So you know what might happen, you know what needs to be done if it does, and you know what you’re missing. Now it’s time to get the ducks lined up and in true Hannibal Smith style have the plan come together.

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The Stages of Disaster Recovery Planning – Scenario Setting & Gap Analysis

The best way I’ve found to create a DR plan that addresses as many potential issues as possible is to set yourself some scenarios. This helps to provide focus for you and others on what would happen in the event of something going wrong. Scenarios can include:

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The Stages of Disaster Recovery Planning – Initiation

Disaster Recovery comes in many shapes and sizes. When making your disaster recovery plans you need to ask yourself a number of questions at the start to keep you focused on what you are trying to accomplish, what is realistic and what should be prioritised.

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One = None

When it comes to IT in your company (or most critical rolls for that matter) you cannot have everything hinge on one person. That goes for an internal company person or an IT systems provider.

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Keeping a Media Library

One thing we come across on a regular basis is the missing discs that are required when installing a new PC or indeed any operation that requires a program to be installed afresh onto a system. It also should be present for Disaster Recovery purposes.

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What to do if they Pull the Plug

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last number of weeks you’ll be aware that the ESB group of unions have served strike notice effective from 16th December. I’m not going to write an opinion piece or any such nonsense but instead concentrate on what is within our control – ensuring that IT systems suffer the least impact should the placards be brought to bear in a couple of weeks.

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