Planning for Disaster Recovery

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In “Five Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Plans Fail,” Sungard presents a simple yet thoughtful prescription on how disregard toward a strategy can derail the best DR planning efforts. The potential loss of revenue and trust that can occur due to disruption is cause for concern but to have a plan and not treat it as a living and integral part of the IT strategy is foolish.

The areas touched upon in this whitepaper are common sense instruction but are probably an afterthought once the Enterprise is comfortable with its DR direction. For example testing, how frequent is it? If your production environment evolves does your plan change? Is the success of your strategy dependent on the intellectual capital of a select few – what happens if they get hit by the proverbial bus? Is your critical data aligned to the plan – decentralization can make sense but what if you have to quickly put information together? Are your people ready – not on paper but for the real thing?

You may have considered some of these questions. However this whitepaper makes you think about them all in a real world context. An appropriate summation is a quote from President Eisenhower that is embedded in the paper, “Plans are useless, planning is everything.” Click here to downlaod this valuable white paper.

About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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  1. Eisenhower may have been right about the value of planning versus the plan itself. But in DR it is also about testing/practice. So Eisenhower would have talked about war games and training exercises as rehearsals for the real thing. This is where daily operations and controls come in to make DR succeed.