Disaster Recovery 101

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Mark Sullivan

We often talk about disaster recovery in terms of weather events, like hurricane season or a severe blizzard. Yet, that’s not the only time companies may find themselves in need of a disaster recovery plan – including during a cyberattack or a fluke accident that leaves equipment without power.

That’s why understanding the basics of disaster recovery, and how it plays into your business continuity plans, is so critical. Network World has a new article looking at what a disaster recovery plan should include, but Markley also has its own set of recommendations for how to implement a successful DR plan.

  • Identify key business assets – A big part of any good DR plan is knowing exactly what you want to recover when something goes wrong, making it easier to get business critical information back online in the event of a disaster.
  • Check and double check your equipment – The testing of equipment as part of your regular maintenance protocol, including generators and verifying fuel levels, will ensure that you’re always ready for the unexpected.
  • Communicate with staff – Anyone who has a job function as part of your disaster recovery plan should be regularly updated on the plan, as well as be involved with any testing or mock DR simulations that might take place. This includes emergency personnel who may not be involved with your daily business functions, but should be informed of DR-related procedures.
  • Make changes as needed – As with any business function or investment, a disaster recovery plan should be regularly evaluated and updated as business needs and assets change.

What does your disaster recovery plan look like? At Markley, we are committed to making sure our customers’ critical information is never out of reach, whether you’re facing extreme weather or a cyberattack. To learn more about disaster recovery as a service with Markley for on premise or virtual infrastructure, connect with our team of experts at info@markleygroup.com.