Companies need to adopt a set of four best practices aimed at ensuring disaster recovery technologies and its availability.
The technology is used to support policies for disaster recovery, but is not in itself a solution alone. Managers need to keep in mind that the strategy to manage this type of problem should be a continuous process, which should ensure a constant update of the initiatives and needs to be tested on a regular basis.
Furthermore, it is important to periodically update the impact analysis for business and raising risks as part of a specific strategy for disaster recovery. This proactive, rather than prepare the company for possible problems, tends to save a substantial money from organizations in the long term. And companies that adopt this model can replace the term ‘disaster recovery’ for ‘continuity of IT services’.
Anyway, companies have become increasingly dependent on IT every day and in return, business managers require a higher level of availability of equipment and systems. What force technology teams to reevaluate their strategies for both the continuity of IT services and to improve service to users in the organization.
In addition, the CIO needs to balance another aspect: maintain or reduce costs. Both need to justify any new investment in the availability, separate them according to their criticality to the business.
Below, I list the best practices to ensure the continuity of IT services:
1. Rank the systems according to their criticality
2. Develop classes of services that ensure both the availability and continuity
3. Assess the availability of services from the perspective of the user
4. Include considerations of availability and continuity in the development phase and testing applications.
Disaster Recovery Plan is a name that is although confusing. It is one of the most important assumptions in the operations of the Department of Information Technology (IT).
This is not recovering from a disaster. In fact, quite the opposite. This is to prevent the disasters that can harm your business information.
Your company must continuously plan and manage the recovery process, as any important activity everyday.
This involves upgraded technology and better training for members of the IT department (Internal or Outsourced) to implement the various stages of a recovery plan.
Your business should always be active all the time. In the arena of small and medium businesses, this is even more crucial, since resources are scarce and budgets, and a disaster – whether human or technological – can easily damage your credibility and your pocket.
Below are the basics for good planning for disaster recovery:
Having the skills that will be maintained by plan.
The analysis should cover the effects of data loss and cutting communication with employees, suppliers and customers.
In anticipation, we have examples of possible disasters, ie, fire, floods, invasions etc. .., and you can start prioritizing the most likely causes, risks and associated impacts.
To Plan for Disaster Recovery
Key elements include: The establishment of a planning group; survey risks and audits; checking the priorities for your local network and applications; preparing an updated inventory and documentation of the plan.
To estimate the tolerance to failures and have a duplication of essential services.
The definition of tolerance network is the ability of the network to recover from any failure, whether related to a disaster, the link problem, some physical component or network services.
Also count with a Support Service Outsourced
Having a support of service providers, readily available, adds considerable weight to your disaster recovery plan, especially Internet, Voice and Data.
For treating several different clients, it is more likely that service provider have spare equipment .
A Backup is not so hard to be done, but it is often forgotten.
Typically, the information from the Operating System (Linux / Windows Server, cloud services), are static and do not need to be copied (backup) as often as your Accounts Payable / Receivable, Customer Master files and messages (Email) and etc.