One of the most overlooked steps in disaster recovery is data management. It will never help to call up a client when an organization doesn’t have their order book and other details available. This is why critical data fields needs to be backed up appropriately and at the right place. One needs to keep in mind the time frame for disaster recovery. If the need of the business need is such that it cannot afford a huge downtime, then disaster recovery plan need to keep this in mind. This will call for a very complex data management system and an expensive recovery plan. One needs to evaluate the money spent on developing a disaster recovery plan with the cost that the organization would face once the disaster struck and business is lost due to downtime.
At the time of disaster, the successful management of business is tested on the fact how fast it can back to work. It is very important for the organization to do a proper risk analysis of the business and develop the plan on the base of the results of the risk analysis. One should list all the possible risks that can hamper the uptime of the system. After thorough analysis one should try mitigate all risk with proper solution. As the risks are mitigated some of the macro risk will always remain. Then the organisation should plan for proper disaster recovery plan according to the requirement of the business. If the business cannot afford downtime, then the plan should be designed in such a manner that the business never stops. Disaster recovery plan is a subset of business continuity plan which looks into the holistic view of the business.