Creating An Effective Data Recovery Plan

Natural disasters can cause havoc for businesses, especially those without a data recovery plan. We all know that computers and water don’t go together. And some are better than others when it comes to preparing for the damaging effects of Mother Nature. Don’t worry, we are here to help with point to consider when putting into place a data recovery plan.

Every business – regardless of size – should have a plan that guides employees on how to recover in the event of a natural disaster. Start by answering these two questions…

  1. How fast do you need to recover after an event?
  2. What do you need to recover quickly?

 Consider the Following for an Efficient DR Plan:

  • Assess the impact on business – Risks can vary depending on your industry and region.
    • Prioritization plans – Certain areas of your operation will require more immediate data recovery attention than others. Determine which areas are a priority based on your company’s objectives.
    • Take inventory – Review your equipment, both hardware and applications. Take notes of what will need to be replaced in the event of damage. This will help speed up the process of contacting the appropriate vendors for replacements or solutions to help your company recover.
    • Assess your downtime tolerance – Determine your dependence on the servers. If you work primarily online or if you operate with limited use of technology for specific functions. This will better help you determine your recovery objective.
    • Categorize your functions – Rank your applications so you know which takes priority under your disaster recovery plan. Start with the most critical applications that need to be addresses urgently and other categories that can range from several hours to several days in priority depending on their importance to your business functions.
  • Technology Risks – Original backup data should be relevant, validated, and free of errors. In the event of a DR, you don’t want issues like pulling data from old versions and legacy based systems, or version control issues, etc.
  • Always be prepared with a backup plan – In the event of a natural disaster, it’s important to set up a secondary support infrastructure that allows you to continue your operations seamlessly. There are centers that can provide automated backup and recovery services, but they can also provide a location for your employees to work if your business location is not inhabitable. Companies can also choose to build a backup plan through a third party to avoid the expense of building out the facility or purchasing the equipment themselves for a data recovery program.
  • Test and test again. With your DR plan finalized, it’s important to regularly test and review it for areas that may need updating. Also, make sure that you keep a printed copy in a safe area outside of your office.

After a natural disaster, remember, ServiceMaster is here to help with restoration after any disaster.

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