Disaster Recovery Planning

Replic8 Disaster Recovery Planning
Botswana’s Leader in Cloud and Disaster Recovery Services

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster. Such a plan, ordinarily documented in written form, specifies procedures an organization is to follow in the event of a disaster. It is “a comprehensive statement of consistent actions to be taken before, during and after a disaster.” The disaster could be natural, environmental or man-made. Man-made disasters could be intentional (for example, an act of a terrorist) or unintentional (that is, accidental, such as the breakage of a man-made dam).

Given organizations’ increasing dependency on information technology to run their operations, a disaster recovery plan, sometimes erroneously called a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), is increasingly associated with the recovery of information technology data, assets, and facilities.

Organizations cannot always avoid disasters, but with careful planning the effects of a disaster can be minimized. The objective of a disaster recovery plan is to minimize downtime and data loss. The primary objective is to protect the organization in the event that all or part of its operations and/or computer services are rendered unusable. The plan minimizes the disruption of operations and ensures that some level of organizational stability and an orderly recovery after a disaster will prevail. Minimizing downtime and data loss is measured in terms of two concepts: the recovery time objective (RTO) and the recovery point objective (RPO).
The recovery time objective is the time within which a business process must be restored, after a major incident (MI) has occurred, in order to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in business continuity. The recovery point objective (RPO) is the age of les that must be recovered from backup storage for normal operations to resume if a computer, system, or network goes down as a result of a MI. The RPO is expressed backwards in time (that is, into the past) starting from the instant at which the MI occurs, and can be specified in seconds, minutes, hours, or days. The recovery point objective (RPO) is thus the maximum acceptable amount of data loss measured in time. It is the age of the files or data in backup storage required to resume normal operations after the MI.

Replic8 can provide fully documented Disaster Recovery plans according to Customer requirements. DR plans are drawn up on a custom basis for each client by our Director – Rob Pool who has 25 years IT experience at the highest level. This service is provided on a strictly time and materials basis. We can help your IT organization identify and execute necessary steps to ensure it is well prepared for an unforeseen business interruption.

Replic8’s disaster recovery consulting creates a strong and functional IT enabled recovery plan with a keen focus on the organization’s
operational capabilities and the technical infrastructure. Upon completion of your disaster recovery plan, your technology team will have full confidence in their ability to effectively and efficiently handle any disaster.

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