5 Questions to Answer About Your DR Plan

May 5, 2014 by Megan Gish

A successful Disaster Recovery plan requires total company buy-in. All parties need to be confident that the business will continue to be successful and secure, no matter what, and that means you need to frame the conversation in a way that will resonate with business leaders.

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To prepare you for this conversation, we’ve identified five questions you are most likely to be asked by your C-level executives and Board of Directors. It’s time to achieve a more productive DR discussion with your team by answering these five questions and knowing your objectives for each inquiry:

1.) What is the economic rick if core applications go down for a day, a week, or longer?

Know the cost of downtime to the business. Understand the full impact of each type of outage and justify the need to guard against the varying possibilities.

2.) How are our applications currently protected and are they all protected the same way?

Identify which applications need the highest level of protection and which can withstand the lowest level of protection.

3.) What will happen to our key data in the event of a disaster?

Sort applications in the tiering process based on the sensitivity and importance of the data within the applications to ensure the right protection for the data, as well as the application.

4.) Against which types of disasters are we guarding?

Identify the types of disasters (geographic, infrastructure, human error, etc.) that you are guarding against at each tiered level.

5.) What were the results of our latest full recovery test?

Validate the effectiveness of your solution based on the results of the DR test. Be able to tell your business what type of test was run, what the results were, and how you’ll do things differently if you found errors in the process.

Just like in DR planning, preparation for this conversation is key to a successful outcome. Learn how to find the answers to these important questions downloading the “Top 5 Questions to Answer About Your Disaster Recovery Plan” guide. Start confidently planning your DR strategy now!

Now that you have your DR plan set, it’s imperative to go through this process with your team at least once a year to ensure your DR plan is updated and your valuable infrastructure and applications are adequately protected. Don’t let your recovery plan fail due to lack of communication or organization buy-in.