Skip to content

JTC Event – Building a Disaster Recovery Guide

November 27, 2013

This is part of a series of notes from the Alberta Education, School Technology Branch, semi-annual conference called the Jurisdiction Technology Contacts event. This particular one was held at Mount Royal, November 27-28, 2013. These notes are my own.

Jason Bischoff
Reliant Technologies Solutions group

DR Planning Guide Project Roadmap

What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

It is NOT:

  • Business Continuity
  • Backup schedule
  • A Technology Architecture (Clustering & Resiliency

It is:

  • A documented process for dealing with IT incidents and restoring services
  • Regularly tested
  • Maintained with each change

Developing and Using a Disaster Recovery Plan

  1. Planning
  2. Normal Operations, Testing & Evolution
  3. Outage Occurs, Operations are Disrupted
  4. Disaster Declared
  5. Team Assembles, Plan Executed
  6. Running in Recovered Business Operations
  7. Restore to Normal Business Operations

It’s an Evolutionary Process

  • Keep the scope manageable – focus on your most critical items and add to it over time
  • Manage your risks
  • It is only through testing that you evolve a plan that works

Creating a DR plan consumes valuable resources…
As professionals we must:

  • Respect the needs of the business
  • Inform, not fear-monger
  • Ensure the business is engaged, and “Informed” decisions are made
  • Start with the most critical items first.

Some questions to consider:
Is it important to have a DR plan?
What will provide value to you and your team through this project?
Current challenges and pain points in building and maintaining a plan?

What is the ultimate goal?
Execution without panic

Disaster Scenarios
Risk Assessment: What to plan for?
– Fire
– Flood
– Electrical outage
– Pandemic
– Building Access

Define Recovery requirements
Facilitate the Informed Choices

Define the Recovery Plan
When do you declare a disaster?
How do you recover the services?
Who needs to be involved when?

The Value of having a DR Plan
ITIL process maturity (Change / Release)
IT Operations efficiency and better documentation
Better relationships with your organization
Show your leadership that you have a plan
You can recover your systems in the event of an outage / disaster.

Elements of a DR Plan

  • Discovery – What needs to be recovered?
  • Requirements – Business Defined
  • Technology Solution
  • Technical Readiness
  • Business Readiness
  • Testing
  • Ongoing Maintenance


Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: