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Keep your business up with a sound Disaster Recovery plan
Disaster recovery is commonly thought of the process organizations use to recover their software
and data. Disaster recovery is also used to recover access to the hardware and infrastructure in
order to resume the normal business activities after a disaster. But Disaster recovery is much more
than this. It is something that you need to think of proactively, that is before a disaster takes place
and so that you can resume your operations soon and continue to offer support and services to your
customers.
Most companies know the value of a Disaster recovery plan but they don’t always trust the plan they
have in place. Every DR plan becomes outdated as soon as the company makes changes in its
software, hardware or network infrastructure. A DR plan is required to be tested and updated for
the successful running of your business.
In this article let’s discuss how to create a Disaster recovery plan, what to include in a DR plan and
how to review your plan from time to time.
The first step is how to create a DR plan for your business. Follow the following steps to create and
test your recovery plan:
1.
First of all write down all the things required in your plan like names of employees, contact
numbers, emails, business analysis and other processes.
2. Then you need to outline all the processes for any situation of recovery in detail.
3.
Test all the processes involved in the plan if they are working properly or not so that any
loopholes may not surprise you during the actual time of disaster.
4. Review and update your plan and make a record of all the changes made by the stakeholders so
that the future stakeholders may know what changes were made at what time and by whom.
The last step is very important as any DR plan can go outdated quickly with the rapid changes in
technology. The next important thing is to include your cloud service in your DR plan as many
organizations forget to do so. Not only your company but your cloud services are also not safe from
disasters. The failing of your cloud services may significantly impact your business.
While creating your DR plan you should make a team which can immediately respond to an
emergency situation. Also, frame the rules for an emergency situation at on site and off site business
locations. You should train your employees and let them know their role and importance in the
recovery plan and process. You need to arrange proper employee training for the recovery plan and
drill classes for the actual disaster situation. The employee training should include the following
points:
1. Training and drill classes for employees.
2. Include the employees that are not directly involved but may be impacted by the disaster.
3. Choose a centralised location for disaster recovery process easily accessible for everyone.

The last step is to review your disaster recovery plan regularly. Reviewing your recovery plan ensures
that the plan is updated and everyone knows their role in the DR plan. Everyone should know what
to do in the situation of an actual disaster. Your plan should also include the employee safety,
property safety and all the business process that need to be involved and documented in the DR
plan. After you have reviewed the plan, you need to send it to all stakeholders for the reviews and
feedback.
You could also take help from a managed IT services provider like Zero Effort Networking (ZEN) for
creating a DR plan for your business. ZEN IT support Sydney is a company that provides IT services in
and around Sydney for more than two decades.
For more information on disaster recovery and IT services Sydney, please call us at 1300 93 94 95 or
email us at info@zen.net.au or and we will be happy to assist you.


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