Quick Guide to Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Planning
Set your DR plan in motion without missing a step. This document includes a comprehensive checklist as well as a detailed guide to succeed during each step. Don’t let anything slip through the cracks, make sure you’re prepared for anything.
Benefits of the Disaster Recovery Guide
- Don’t Miss a Step – Check your way through each stage of the planning process, from initial inventory of applications to seasonal testing of your chosen solution.
- Assess Your Risk – Rank applications on a scale of 1–5 to determine how critical it is to stand backups.
- Set Your Runbook – Make sure your runbook is ready regardless of who is on-site when a disaster hits. You can’t control the ability of your team to get to the facility, so make sure your runbook can function regardless of the declaration cause.
- Establish a Seasonal Testing Schedule – Learn why one test isn’t enough and why establishing a seasonal testing schedule will keep your team accountable and steadfast when a declaration occurs.
What is Disaster Recovery (DR)?
DR is the process of getting the service tools back up and running to provide service. In the IT world, that DR plan is how to get your applications recovered and up and running at 100% after a disaster impedes their function.
Disaster Recovery Planning Considerations
Testing should occur early and often. A common misconception is that you only need to test once successfully and then you’re done testing. Your application is likely to change a significant amount over the course of a calendar year. A static DR plan will likely be less successful in recovery compared to one that is tested at least bi-annually. Testing is not just about making sure a proper failover will happen, but it’s also about identifying and compensating for changes that have occurred since your last test.
What is Cloud-Based DR?
With cloud-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions, testing is easy and affordable. Your DR solution is only as good as its ability to recover when you need it. And with cloud-based RaaS, you’ll have the confidence only frequent testing can provide to know you will be able to recovery quickly and easily when you need to most.