The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-13-2013

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Analyze Single Points of Failure."  A single point of failure in a critical component can disrupt any redundancies and resilience within the rest of the system.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Keep Updated Notification Trees."  You need cohesive communications to make sure everyone is on board with the disaster recovery plan.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Remain Aware of Current Events."  Always stay on top of any weather—or sporting or political events—that can impact your enterprise operations.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Consider Every Possible Disruption."  Beyond natural and civic events, there are instances of operator error, component failure, software failure, power outages and even planned downtime.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Document the Recovery Process."  Write up all of the steps for failover in a clear, concise but detailed way so secondary staffers can manage if the primary team members are unavailable.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Centralize Information."  Whether located via SharePoint, a portal or a cloud platform, everyone involved in the recovery must know where the playbook is kept.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Create Test Plans and Scripts."  Scripts must include integration testing, as silo testing alone does not accurately reflect multiple applications going down at once.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Retest Regularly."  Especially when there are new releases, code changes and upgrades. Look to do retesting at least once a year.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Perform Comprehensive Recovery and Business Continuity Testing."  Practice the master recovery plan, not just app failover. This includes disaster-reporting strategies and the establishment of a command center and conference bridges.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery

"Thou Shalt Define Metrics and Distribute 'Scores.' "  Grade the recovery compliance of each application, along with who is testing and when. This will help increase audit scores.

The Ten Commandments of Disaster Recovery