10 Essential Steps to Developing an IT Disaster Recovery Plan That Works

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Whether you already have a disaster recovery plan or you’re just beginning the process of creating one, the Definitive IT Disaster Recovery Plan Checklist is all you need to ensure you’ve included all the necessary components and are ready to tackle any disaster.

Every day there are new horror stories of tech outages, data loss, and cyber attacks — even at the best of companies. When disaster strikes, engineering teams are dispatched to repair the damage, while PR teams work overtime to restore customer confidence. It’s a time-consuming and often expensive effort.

According to the 2017 Disaster Recovery Survey Report, 43% of surveyed companies estimate that a day of downtime would cost their business at least $1 million. And while most companies don’t usually suffer from a full day of downtime, almost all companies experience minutes and hours of downtime on a regular basis. In fact, almost half of the companies surveyed reported having an outage in the past three months. This statistic is corroborated by an analysis of service availability in the United States, which revealed that 83% of the top 100,000 websites had downtime in the first quarter of 2017.

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent disasters, the best way to manage them effectively — and with the least amount of collateral damage — is to have a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and regularly tested disaster recovery plan.

Get 10 Essential Steps to Developing an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Whether you already have a disaster recovery plan or you’re just beginning the process of creating one for your organization, the Definitive IT Disaster Recovery Plan Checklist will help you ensure you’ve included all the crucial components in your plan.

Download the free checklist to find out:

  • How to determine your recovery objectives
  • What to include in infrastructure documentation
  • Why dividing applications into tiers can reduce expenses
  • Which criteria to use when choosing disaster recovery tools

In addition, we’ve included a concise disaster recovery plan example for a company with 200 servers in an on-premises data center.

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Disaster recovery planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Following a step-by-step checklist will definitely make it easier to develop a strong plan that will protect your data and minimize downtime when disaster strikes.   

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