Even if deploying a BDR solution seems prohibitive, the planning process does not need to wait-the assessment of the current infrastructure, your business needs and workflow evaluation will give you an idea of where you stand with respect to your BDR needs. This determines the key steps needed to bridge gap between your existing technology and the desired BDR solution .
Here are some steps that every business can take to start their DR planning process.
Conduct a technology assessment – This is a high level overview of all the IT systems in your organization, your policies, work processes, people skill sets etc.
Perform a full technology inventory- This is a detailed inventory of all your computer systems and network, hardware and software, including details of date of purchase, vendor contact information, warranties, support contracts, license information, product keys etc.
Perform a risk analysis- This determines the potential threats and vulnerabilities to your systems and data. It also identifies potential points of failure in your infrastructure that could potentially lead to a disruption in your business operations.
Prioritize application and data criticality- Prioritize all your applications and data according to their importance within your business. This determines the order in which applications and data will be restored in the event of disaster, ensuring that the critical line of business applications, systems and supporting data are restored before other non-critical applications.
Decide how much downtime can be tolerated- How long can a business stoppage be endured before you start losing significant money due to downtime? This analysis will be a good starting point to determine the appropriate BDR technology that your business needs in order prevent significant business loss due to unforeseen disruptions.
Taking these initial steps will help you develop a BDR plan that meets your business needs. It will help you select an appropriate plan with the knowledge that the deployed solution will provide a good return on investment in the long run.