I cannot remember how many times I have urged all of you to have a
Disaster Recovery (DR) plan and the right people, policy, procedure
and tools in place. Lack of that is a sure way to get in trouble. DR
is something you don't want to wait with until the last minute.
Reviewing your DR plan, and updating it on a regular basis is one of
the standard things you need to do in IT. This week?s events are the
How to create a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Creating and (even more important) maintaining a workable disaster
recovery plan (DRP) is a crucial part of your business survival.
Despite the fact many people use various different approaches, these
are the 7 general steps you need to take into account planning a
disaster recovery. Obviously these steps are taken sequentially.
If you are a system- or network administrator, project manager or your
business? new Business Continuity Czar, here is a tried-and-true
approach which assumes you have air cover from Top Management.
These general steps are intended as your guideline, and you should
adapt them to your own organization.
Step 1: Project Initiation
Step 2: Business Impact Analysis of Functional Requirements
Step 3: Determine Disaster Readiness Strategies
Step 4: Construct and Implement the Plan
Step 5: Perform Realistic Testing ? Did You Prove It?
Step 6: Update and Refine the Plan Regularly
Step 7: Prepare Yourself to Declare a Disaster
There is a website that has this plan worked out more fully, and
the steps explained in detail. It was put together by the folks of
dlttape.com, and I?d recommend this one if you have no DR plan in
place, or if you want to compare the plan you have with one that?s
a compilation of industry best practices. Here is the link:
In the last few months, you told us that the two areas that scored
high on your head-ache scale but also were things you could get budget
for were security and high availability. So with that data in mind,
we started to find more tools for you that came just on-line this week.
We have expanded our category of Security tools, and 3 weeks ago we
created a whole new category called High Availability /Disaster
This is now THE place where you can find a mix of both tried-and-true
industry-strength tools and brand new innovative code that promises to
increase uptime. If you have been reading W2Knews for a few years, you
will find a few very well known tools. Here is the new Sunbelt HA/DR
Category. Call your Rep or Reseller if you want to talk to some one
and determine which tool is the best for the job.
Note: Octopus and Co-StandbyServer are available ONLY in the USA.