This blog post is focused on how to plan and scope out a disaster recovery plan. It looks at the objectives, work packages or deliverables and the acceptance criteria. It is more focused on how a client might engage a vendor to conduct a disaster recovery plan. The structure outlined could be used for inclusion in a statement of work. This is a business focused post and not technical.
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster.
Planning and testing a disaster recovery plan is a prudent part of business continuity planning.
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Disaster Recovery Plan Execution and Validation involves executing the Service or Business Continuity Plan in the event of a disaster or any other disruption where normal restore procedures cannot be used to recover the application within an acceptable period for the business.
Objective of the engagement
Develop and provide a Disaster Recovery Implementation Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan, execute the plan in a controlled manner, provide a report on the annual disaster recovery test conducted.
It is important to specify the scope of the environments to be tested whether it be production, development or test or a combination of all three. For example it may not be necessary to conduct a disaster recovery plan on the TEST environment because the business impact is so low, it could be restored from a back up in a few days with little impact to inflight projects.
Disaster Recovery Services (typical)
The criticality of the Business Process or System is determined by the Business Impact should a critical incident be experienced. This result is then tied into the Risk Disaster Recovery criteria such as:
The risk can then be included in a table and expressed in the following way.
This should give you a good basis for engaging a vendor or supplier to conduct a disaster recovery plan on your behalf.
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