A Disaster recovery Plan and Business Continuity is crucial to businesses success. It can no longer remain the concern of the IT department! How do you determine recovery requirements of your business to protect against a disaster? How do you identify the location of your disaster recovery and business continuity site? How do you justify the cost? How do you put together a comprehensive continuity program? Where do you start?
IT Disaster Recovery Plan
If your business uses technology too quickly and effectively process information, then you need a Disaster recovery Plan. If your employees use electronic mail and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone systems to communicate. The electronic data interchange (EDI) is used to transmit data including orders and payments from one company to another. Your servers process information and store large amounts of data. Lastly if your desktop computers, laptops and wireless devices are used by employees to create process manage and communicate information. Than you MUST have a DR Plan!!
Developing an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
Businesses should develop an IT disaster recovery and business continuity plan together.
- Start by compiling an inventory of hardware (e.g. servers, desktops, laptops and wireless devices), software applications and data.
- Identify critical software applications and data and the hardware required to run them. Using standardized hardware will help to replicate and reimage new hardware. Ensure that copies of program software are available to enable re-installation on replacement equipment.
- Document the IT disaster recovery plan as part of the business continuity plan. Test the plan periodically to make sure that it works.
- The plan should include a strategy to ensure that all critical information is backed up. Priorities and recovery time objectives for information technology should be developed during the business impact analysis.
- The IT recovery strategies should be developed to restore hardware, applications and data in time to meet the needs of the business recovery time.
How to Identify your colocation center for your disaster recovery plan for your business?
It’s always beneficial to plan for the worst case scenario. System failures and severe weather events usually come without notice and could bring your business to a grinding halt.
While your business may be able to withstand a few hours of downtime, what would happen if the outage lasts a few days… or a few weeks?
Fiberpipe is located in one of the Top 5 Safest zones in the USA. Idaho is also in the Top 3 Lowest Electricity Cost in the nation, utilizing Idaho Powers green hydroelectricity. Supported by our secure, fully redundant data centers, directly connected to our multihomed BGP pool, our solutions enable your systems and your data to quickly recover from all types of service disruptions. Fiberpipe also offers a “Plug-In” ready Business Continuity office space. Your move-in ready work space is just as important as our state of the art facility for your employees.
A DIRECT CONNECTION TO YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE
Fiberpipe BIZCON space allows you to offer a secure and stable work environment for your employees in the event of a disaster. Our business continuity space is directly connected to our BOI 1 and BOI 2 data centers. It features a resilient infrastructure with independent power and cooling, redundant network connectivity and dedicated access to all Fiberpipe Data Centers, allowing you to directly connect to your colocation, cloud or managed service environment, or to any other service. The office space comes fully furnished, WiFi and VoIP enabled, and configurable to meet your exact needs. Access to our conference room, meeting space and breakroom.
Resources for Information Technology Disaster Recovery Planning
- Computer Security Resource Center – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Computer Security Division Special Publications
- Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems – NIST Special Publication 800-34 Rev. 1
- Guide to Test, Training, and Exercise Programs for IT Plans and Capabilities – NIST Special Publication 800-84
- Building An Information Technology Security Awareness and Training Program – NIST Special Publication 800-50
- IT Standards, Guidelines, and Tools and Techniques for Audit and Assurance and Control Professionals – Information Systems Audit and Control Association
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