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No, it needn't be difficult. Much of a disaster recovery planning initiative is common sense. The rest is greatly simplified through simple to use proven tools and templates.   This Disaster Recovery Planning Template was use by consultants who created the Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Resumption plan that Merrill Lynch used after 9/11.

This site is designed to catalog the easiest yet most effective approaches and products... to make disaster recovery planning less of a trauma and more of a business process.

The creation of the plan itself is the first port of call, but we also examine contingency audit and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance from a management perspective.


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Risk analysis is inextricably linked with disaster recovery. Assessment of the risks which may lead to disaster is essential in the determination of what controls are appropriate to the situation. Again, however, risk analysis is often made more difficult than necessary.

Do you really need a complicated piece of software to create your plan? Do you need 20 years experience in business continuity planning? Do you need to divert untold resources into the plan creation exercise? Certainly, if you employ the Disaster Recovery Planning Template the answer is... NO!


How do you ensure that your disaster recovery plan meets your actual needs? How do you know that it will all work? Do you audit it, and if so, how?

Equally fundamentally, do you know what your resource/service dependencies are and what their time criticalities are? What of your actual everyday contingency practices - do they measure up?

To determine and ensure all of this with minimum fuss, a comprehensive but extremely simple to use product is now available.... the Disaster Recovery Toolkit - Business and IT Impact Analysis


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Risk analysis is inextricably linked with disaster recovery. assessment of the risks which may lead to disaster is essential in the determination of what controls are appropriate to the situation. Again, however, risk analysis is often made more difficult than necessary.

The Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Tool Kit and tool was designed to simplify matters, and to make risk analysis more widely accessible through automation. It is now probably the most widely used product and method in the world

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For more information on disaster recovery plans and business continuity we are pleased to introduce our online IT Productivity Center.

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11/27/2014 What is the cost of a business iinterruption? -

Four steps that must be taken to determine if a business continuity plan is worth the investment are listed below. This will allow the organization to determine real dollar cost per downtime event, calculate acceptable data recovery points and return to operation goal. This data will then allow an organization to align itself to a particular disaster recovery organization(s) skill sets and capabilities.

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  • Conduct a Business Impact Analysis -- The first step is to conduct a business impact analysis. A BIA maps the interdependencies between each system (physical and virtual), application, and component with each business process and service provided. Based on the information collected in that process, a determination can be made on the consequences to the business as a result of disruption. This analysis should prioritize the importance of each process, application, and components in terms of cost to the business when they are no longer accessible. Those costs should include but are not limited to the following:
        1. Lost productivity
        2. Lost revenue
        3. Complicance risk
        4. Reputation loss
  • Determine Recovery Time Objective -- The next step is to determine the Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RTO is the amount of time that a business process must be restored in order to meet Service Level Objectives (SLO) for the business. Organizations need to meet Recovery Time Objectives in order to avoid catastrophic consequences when a process or application continues to be unavailable. While system and component RTOs are important, the application RTO is what is important to the customer, whether internal or external. The RTO is established during the Business Impact Analysis portion of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP).
  • Determine Recovery Point Objective - Next you need to determine the Recovery Point Objective (RPO). RPO is the amount of data loss that is acceptable for a certain time period as part of Business Continuity Planning (BCP). A certain amount of data loss for some processes is tolerable (i.e. a data entry clerk types data in manually to process sales orders, if the data entry clerk keeps the paper files for one day, then the RPO would be 24 hours). Recovery Point Objectives should be carefully planned for each process and application, as traditional backup and restore methods may not meet today's demanding business environments. Snapshot and replication technology enablers are needed in most environments to meet shrinking RPO time requirements. Calculate Cost of Downtime per Hour - How Much Does It Really Cost?
        1. Labor cost per employee multiplied by percentage of employees affected by application or service interruption.
        2. Average revenue per hour multiplied by percentage of revenue affected by outage.

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