Modular data center – options for backup site

Modular data centers have come a long way.

Modular data centers have been in use by the government since the 1960s. Now they are commercially available for companies of all sizes. Here is a video that provides a great description of some of the options available to CIOs and Data Center Operations managers.

This is a far cry from the first ones that I saw in the late 60’s. The US Army had them with an IBM 1401, a workstation, communications gear, a generator, air conditioning, and a satchel charge to blow it up if the position was over run. They unit was flow in by helicopter for artillery calculations.

Will your disaster recovery provider be in business when you need them?

Disaster Recovery plans that depend on outsourcers face significant additional risk

What if your were in Florida and the Hurricane season was in full swing and your provider decided to go out of business. Would you have the time to move to a new provider and test your solution before you need to execute your plan?

For example, earlier in the year Google decided to close its Message Continuity service. Google gave most clients a reasonable timescale to find an alternative supplier. This allowed existing Message Continuity contracts to run until their contacts expired. What if that was the communication solution you had selected for communicating with your staff? Would you be able to implement a new one on time.

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Another example was the news that Doyenz, the US-based supplier of rCloud, a service which offers disaster recovery for physical and virtual servers, had decided to pull the plug on its UK operations. Clients were given not weeks or months but days to respond and to find a new supplier.

CIOs and IT managers all need to consider all of the possibilities and have alternative solutions in place and tested.

FEMA Conference videos

FEMA conference videos which discuss tools and services available in the disaster and business continuity processes.

Life cycle for business continuity and security breaches are the same

When a security breach or business interruption occur, the life cycle from the start to the end are the same.  First and foremost you must be prepared and have a plan in place.  Included in that plan is a being  able to know that the event or incident has occurred.  Then react to what has happened and get back to normal operations as quickly as possible.

 

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After everything is back to the way it should be there should always be a post event analysis to find out what worked, what did not, and what could be done better.

Include Social Media in Your Business Continuity Plans

6 Ways to Utilize Social Media Before a Disaster Strikes

by Adam Crowe

When creating a disaster recovery plan include social media.  Simple things like having a predefined hash tag (#companynameBC) will make the recover process easier and provide a quick way to get back in business. In addition utilize sites like youtube.com to have instructions on what and how to do it in the recovery process.

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/6-Ways-Utilize-Social-Media-Disaster.html

Texas prepares for flu pandemic

As the risk for a pandemic increases, Texas prepares.

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Meeting ISO 27031 Requirements

Meeting ISO 27031 Requirements

ISO 27031

The ISO Standard defines the Information and Communication Technology (ITC) Requirements for Business Continuity (IRBC) program that supports the mandate for an infrastructure that supports business operations when an event or incident with its related disruptions affects the continuity of critical business functions. This includes security of crucial data as well as enterprise operations.

The ISO standard centers around fours areas; Plan, Do, Check, and Act.

Plan Do Check Act Cycle

  • Plan – Establish a Disaster Recovery Business Continuity policy with objectives, metrics, and processes relevant to managing risk and improving the enterprise’s Information and Communication Technology ability and readiness to operate at the level defined within the parameters of the enterprise’s overall disaster recovery and business continuity objectives.
  • Do – Implement and operate the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity policies, procedures, controls, and processes.
  • Check – Assess and monitor the performance metrics as defined within the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity policy metrics and communicate the results to the management of the enterprise. This process can be done via an audit, a test of the plan, or an actual execution of the plan via a post event analysis session.
  • Act – Modify the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity policies, procedures, and metrics based on the “Check” (audit, test, or execution of the plan) in order to improve the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Policy.

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What is Disaster Recovery

Information on Disaster Recovery

A disaster recovery is a response to a declared disaster or a regional disaster. It is the restoration or recovery of an entire Agent computer. A disaster recovery plan describes how an organization is to deal with potential disasters.

Disaster PlanJust as a disaster is an event that makes the continuation of normal functions impossible, a disaster recovery plan consists of the precautions taken so that the effects of a disaster will be minimized, and the organization will be able to either maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions.

Typically, disaster recovery planning involves an analysis of business processes and continuity needs; it may also include a significant focus on disaster prevention.

The Disaster Recovery Planning Template (DRP) can be used for any sized enterprise.

The template and supporting material have been updated to be Sarbanes-Oxley compliant.  The complete package includes:

  • Disaster Recovery Plan Template
  • Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Work Plan

With the template is a 3 page Job Description for the Disaster Recovery Manager.  The Disaster Recovery Plan Template PREMIUM Bundle contains 11 additional key job descriptions.

Clients can also subscribe to Janco’s DRP update service and receive all updates to the DRP Template*.

The DRP template includes everything needed to customize the Disaster Recovery Plan to fit your specific requirement.

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