Getting the DR Plan Right: Tips & Traps

1/22/2020

DR PlanFirst, some good news: 95% of 762 IT pros surveyed by Spiceworks report having a disaster recovery (DR) plan in place, 90% of which cover data integrity and backups. The goal of planning, of course, is to help organizations bounce back from hardware failure, power outages, natural disasters and other disruptive events.

Other survey findings (the bad news), however, reveal that testing whether DR plans actually work is sporadic, at best, and at worst, non-existent. In fact, one-quarter of those surveyed never test their plan at all.

Why? Respondents from those organizations (predictably?) cite the lack of time, and resources. But an astounding 34% say that DR simply isn’t a priority for their employers. Which sets up our first tip: Most small firms (71%) experienced an outage of some kind last year, so when possible, advocate at the top.

“The whole point of DR is to prevent business losses,” reminds the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ), adding that “One of the most valuable things [you] can do is convince the C-suite that DR is a financial imperative.”

How? Present the case in financial terms. Help leaders understand the dollar amounts at stake. Tie failures to business outcomes. Thirty percent of Spiceworks’ respondents report losing income due to outages–with a third of those estimating their losses between $10K and $100K, while 10% lost $100K or more.

Effective DR planning requires collaboration, thoughtful preparation and regular testing.