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    Create a Right-Sized Disaster Recovery Plan

    Provide greater resilience to downtime with the right-sized DR capability.

    A natural disaster or significant IT outage increases executive awareness and internal pressure to create a DRP. However, using traditional methods of creating DRPs can result in lengthy, impractical plans that won't be effective during an emergency.
    A common misconception regarding DRPs is that they are only necessary when significant disasters occur. Subscribing to this belief leaves the organization vulnerable to all sorts of emergencies. For example, common incidents like power outages or data loss can often have more lasting effects than large disasters, which require much more investment.

    How it works

    The fundamental purpose of disaster recovery is to ensure service continuity. That's why it's essential to create a plan that can be leveraged for both isolated and catastrophic events.
    Your key focus should be on improving overall resiliency and recoveries rather than basing DR on risk probability analysis.
    To ensure your DR is cost-effective, start with identifying what is genuinely mission-critical so you can allocate resources accordingly.

    Outcomes

    • Objectives for service downtime and data loss are based on business impact rather than probability
    • Identifies all steps from event detection to data center recovery
    • Creates a roadmap for closing gaps between current DR capabilities and recovery objectives