Disasters, unpredictable by nature, can strike anywhere at
anytime with little or no warning. Recovering from one can be
stressful, expensive and time consuming, particularly for those who
have not taken the time to think ahead and prepare for such
possibilities. However, when disaster strikes, those who have
prepared and made recovery plans survive with comparatively minimal
loss and/or disruption of productivity.
Disasters can take several different forms. Some primarily
impact individuals - e.g. hard drive meltdowns - while others have
a larger, collective impact. Disasters can occur such as power
outages, floods, fires, storms, equipment failure, sabotage,
terrorism, or even epidemic illness. Each of these can at the very
least cause short-term disruptions in normal business operation.
But recovering from the impact of many of the aforementioned
disasters can take much longer, especially if organizations have
not made preparations in advance.
Unfortunately the randomness of some of these disasters lulls
some organizations into a sense of false security. However, if
proper preparations have been made, the disaster recovery process
does not have to be exceedingly stressful.
Organizations that take the time to implement disaster recovery
plans ahead of time often ride out catastrophes with minimal or no
loss of data, hardware, or business revenue. This in turn allows
them to maintain the faith and confidence of their customers and
Detailed disaster recovery plans can prevent many of the
heartaches and headaches experienced by an organization in times of
disaster. By having practiced plans, not only for equipment and
network recovery, but also plans that precisely outline what steps
each person involved in recovery efforts should undertake, an
organization can improve their recovery time and minimize the time
that their normal business functions are disrupted.
Thus it is vitally important that disaster recovery plans be
carefully laid out and regularly updated. Organizations need to put
systems in place to regularly train their network engineers and
mangers. Special attention should also be paid to training any new
employees who will have a critical role in the disaster recovery
One of the most common practices used by responsible
organizations is a disaster recovery plan template. While
templates might not cover every need specific to every
organization, they are a great place from which to start one's
preparation. Templates help make the preparation process simpler
and more straightforward. They provide guidance and can even reveal
aspects of disaster recovery that might otherwise be forgotten.
Regular reviews and updates of recovery plans should be
scheduled. Some organizations find it helpful to do this on a
monthly basis so that the plan stays current and reflects the needs
an organization has today, and not just the data, software, etc. it
had six months ago. (Source: www.disasterrecovery.org)
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