What’s Disaster Recovery got to do with IT?

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In a word? Everything.

During one of our webinars last week, we heard it straight from BC/DR expert Michael Croy of Forsythe Technology. You can’t have a solid DR strategy in the absence of a strategic IT plan—and vice versa.
 
Let’s face it. In today’s businesses, we rely on nothing more than our IT systems to keep operations going. In the absence of those tools and systems, a vast portion of our work in corporate America simply can’t be done. As folks consider the framework for their BC/DR programs, this is important to recognize.

No longer is it okay to simply have a backup plan in place to recover from an outage. As Michael so eloquently stated last week—“That’s so ‘90s.”

What businesses need today to sustain a disaster is a plan that ensures not only DR solutions but business continuity as well. You can’t count on your customers, vendors and partners to wait five days until you recover.  They’re going to expect you to operate “business as usual”—pretty much from day one.

So with that in mind, how should you approach your BC/DR plan? Michael offered five key trends to consider that may be helpful in your business planning.

  1. Employ internal and hybrid DR solutions: Many companies are moving toward internal and hybrid DR solutions and away from hot site vendors, giving them more control and immediate access over their infrastructures.
  2. Optimize internal infrastructures: This strategy supports the business in performance/profit and recoverability/resilience (i.e. repurposing QA/Test/Dev for DR).
  3. Focus on compliance requirements: Compliance as part of the BC/DR strategy is becoming increasingly important for executives today and all signs point to that trend continuing.
  4. Evolution from tape: More companies are using data replication and VTL solutions, replacing backup to tape. Tape is not going away, but more and more companies are seeing the value of using other solutions whenever feasible.
  5. IT’s integration with BC/DR:  IT service continuity and service resilience are the most critical focus of today’s BC/DR plans. Businesses must see the importance of full integration to be successful.

Just remember—this is not your grandpa’s DR strategy.  What may have worked in the 90’s will not sustain our businesses today. Make sure you have a full understanding of all IT considerations and dependencies as you create your BC/DR plan.