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Disaster Recovery Planning, DRP

For many organizations in government, finance, and healthcare, disaster recovery planning has become a legal requirement. Still, many organizations do not consider Disaster Recovery to be an important issue - until the disaster happens. Data is a valuable asset to any organization. Not having that data or the resources in the network can have serious consequences, both from a functionality and financial standpoint.

If your organization's network is down or inoperable for any reason, it has a negative impact on your business in one or more ways. In fact, Gartner estimates that the average cost of downtime, across industries and applications, is $86,000 per hour.

A disaster recovery plan should interface with the overall business continuity management plan, be clear and concise, focus on the key activities required to recover the critical IT services, be tested reviewed and updated on a regular basis, have an owner, and enable the recovery objectives to be met.

Writing and testing a disaster recovery plan is one of the key elements of business continuity management. In order to write a successful disaster recovery plan, you need to conduct a business impact analysis (BIA).

Business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning are vital activities. However, the creation of (and maintenance of) a sound business continuity and disaster recovery plan, is a complex undertaking, involving a series of steps. The steps involved in disaster recovery are numerous and wide-ranging.

Here is a high-level overview of the process, along with key points to keep in mind.

  1. Creating, Testing, and Implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan
  2. Hardware and Software Availability
  3. Availability of Backups
  4. Network Connectivity to the Backup Site
  5. Backup Site Staffing
  6. Moving Back Toward Normalcy
For organizations that require a complete data disaster recovery plan, InfoSight's Disaster Recovery Planning solutions ensure that in the event of a disaster, you and your team can continue to work without interruptions from an alternate location.

Well-integrated, cost-effective solutions for disaster recovery that support the overall IT mission are available. It takes experience and understanding of disaster recovery strategies to select the most cost-effective solution that provides the necessary business continuity.

Contact us today. We'll help you arrive at an intelligent tradeoff between protection levels and cost.

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disaster recovery planning

What is Disaster
Recovery Planning?

Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) is the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster.

Difference between DR & BCP
Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are related because both of these strategies help the organization from being disrupted from any unfavorable variables either internal or external in nature. BCP is state of being ready for any unforeseen incident. It is a preventive and proactive strategy of ensuring business continuity. Disaster recovery, on the other hand, is simply a reactive approach. It is the strategy of intelligent recuperation from a negative incident of any magnitude.

DR is, without a doubt, not similar to BCP because:
• BCP stands for Business Continuity Planning whereas DR is Disaster Recovery.
• BCP is a proactive strategy whereas DR is a reactive approach.
• BCP helps prevent and anticipates a disaster or unfavorable incident in advance whereas DR is a strategy that treats or recovers from disasters and the like.

Do you have something to add to this definition? Let us know. Email your comments and contributions.

Also see Business Continuity Planning.