Each year, billions of dollars are invested industry-wide on IT Disaster Recovery (DR) as part of Business Continuity (BC) planning. Even with large monetary and time investments, well-created and tested DR plans remain one of the primary challenges facing businesses.
Surveys with companies reveal that only about 50-60% of enterprises have disaster recovery plans. Even worse, those plans only cover a few applications. Very often, these plans are neither maintained to reflect continually changing infrastructure nor are they tested. Yet application downtime lasting more than 2-4 hours translates into lost revenue, decreased employee productivity and potential damage to the corporate brand.
There are several best practices for implementing a successful DR/BC strategy:
Get to the point where you have the confidence to say that you have a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan as part of your Business Continuity Process. Let everyone know that risks are mitigated and that your Business Continuity process is built on a strong foundation. Whatever the needs of the company are, or the technology of choice, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity planning must become part of the day-to-day activities in running your business.