Disaster Recovery Planning: Is your Company prepared in the New Year?

recoveryHaving an effective and simple disaster recovery plan is essential for any company from an IT and business perspective. Is your company prepared for the upcoming year? ARITHMOS takes you through the essentials of disaster recovery planning.

Disaster recovery planning is absolutely essential, especially in an industry dealing with large amounts of data such as pharmaceuticals/healthcare, energy and gas and financial sectors. In cases of Disaster Recovery, most companies fail to understand the importance of IT services and personnel from a business perspective. As companies grow globally, they need to know exactly what IT services they are capable of providing, at what costs and what risks are involved in the geographic expansion.

What would the consequences be for you, your company and your clients if your IT shut down for an hour? For 2 hours? For a whole day? What would be your quantifiable losses? Who would be in charge of initiating data recovery? A good disaster recovery plan will involve all departments related to IT service and business activities to evaluate risks and costs.

A good disaster recovery plan starts with analyzing the risks…

The plan should start with a basic risk assessment of the physical location of a Data Center. Avoid building a Data Center where there is high risk of natural disasters. Human error is a different story. Employees can accidentally trip the power or delete important data. The first step in Disaster Recovery planning internally is to know your office building and employees and what can be prematurely avoided.

…and keeping business as usual…

A good Disaster Recovery plan will be well detailed within the “business continuity” plan. Can a company continue providing business-as-usual services while the disaster recovery process is in place?

DRP…by knowing your IT service capabilities…

The Disaster Recovery plan should identify priorities in terms of IT services – what is important and what is absolutely essential. Knowing the priorities of disaster recovery can help to:

  • Define levels of service needed
  • Estimate recovery time
  • Create a method of recovery

Once you have determined the priorities, the most important analyses will be the RPO (Recovery Point Objectives) and the RTO (Recovery Time Objectives). The RPO will establish how far back services will have to go to find recoverable data, and the RTO will determine how much time is needed for recovery. The Disaster Recovery plan must then be maintained through proper documentation and system validation.

A quick note on Computer System Validation

Computer System Validation (CSV) is a documented process for assuring that a computer system does what it is designed to do and CSV should be a part of your Disaster Recovery Plan. There are two important reasons for performing CSV on technologies and software: (1) CSV can prevent problems before reaching the usage environment, and (2) Not performing certain CSV in accordance with Best Practices could be against the law in certain industries.

ARITHMOS has extensive experience in providing consultancy for Disaster Recovery Plans and Computer System Validation. ARITHMOS can guarantee quality and secure hosting as well as data integration services and data center replication. To consult ARITHMOS’ experts, submit a request form or email us at info@arithmostech.com.