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BW CIO World, India: Cognizant’s Global Markets Leader, Infrastructure Services Provides a Guide for Outlining a Disaster Recovery Plan

“In many ways, a functional DR plan serves as an organization’s insurance plan to eliminate costly downtime, maintain market share, and guard their reputation,” writes Venu Lambu. “Though painstaking, a well thought out and implemented DR plan is the wonder shield that protects any company’s digital assets against disasters and uncertainties.” Excerpts:

“The perception that IT infrastructure is a cost centre, is gradually changing, with organizations realizing that it is, in fact, a market differentiator. Data being paramount in today’s digital age, companies have begun to focus on data recovery (DR) planning. It is no longer viable to hastily go about any data recovery plan that would inevitably result in failures and testing pitfalls.

Here are 10 key considerations for infrastructure architects and business leaders to keep in mind before they chalk out a disaster recovery plan: classify information systems; classify data; choose DR location; be value-driven; guard; document; test; evaluate; and set expectations.

Before embarking upon a DR plan, it is important to get an official sign-off from the business owners and other key stakeholders. It is important to have a meeting to explain an overview of the plan, and the scope of applications and services covered, to help business owners decide better on the DR plan and approach. An in-depth discussion also helps in early course correction and better management of costs.”

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