7 Tips For An Effective Plan For Disaster Recovery




Disorders and disasters occur because all possible scenarios can never be anticipated and fully prepared.
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By: Yasser Zinedine, Executive Director of eHosting DataFort

The shipwreck of Titanic after the collision with one of the glaciers during its first voyage, from Southampton to New York City, is one of the most famous disasters of recent centuries. In April 1912, when sailing on its voyage, Titanic was the largest ship of Chida throughout history and considered indestructible.

However, the succession of a series of events – including unexpected weather and human error – led to a tragedy that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people. Recent investigations and scientific tests on the sunken ship reflected the low strength of iron used to make more than 3 million nails that carried Titanic together as a major contributor to the disaster. In the end, despite being a huge ship of enormous size and engineering marvel at the time, it was not written to survive by one of the smallest and apparently the most unequal among its components.

Disasters and disasters occur because all possible scenarios can never be anticipated and fully prepared – perhaps this is why the term “unexpected” is used very widely in the context of disasters. The unexplained nature of certain disasters is the reason that even the best systems and processes designed need an effective disaster recovery plan, in case of “unexpected”.

The familiar and famous tragedy of Titanic reminds us that a good disaster recovery plan in Dubai – and the UAE in general – should go beyond forecasting the potential sources of unrest. In fact, expect the probability of failure of the system and invent ways to reduce damage and losses. The following are some of the ways that an organization can prepare itself for failures, with a view to reducing and prolonging damage.

Planning for the least possible disruption of communications

An effective disaster recovery plan must start from a well-established methodology that allows the company to maintain basic communications – between departments and between management and employees, as well as between the organization, its customers and its allies. In order to better prepare for large events, the organization must have pre-defined alternatives to standard communication and coordination methods, which can act as common outside business scenarios.

2. Clearly define performance criteria

As with any organization, regardless of geographical location, a good disaster recovery plan in the UAE should take into account the daily industry realities of the industry and the region. Specific differences in the work culture and hierarchy must be taken into account in order for the institution to work well to recover – and to determine the function of each individual or department, in the event of a disturbance; that is, individuals and departments will be the most important factor to contain an event and which tasks are priority in treatment.

3 – clearly identify the roles of individuals and sections

The effective disaster recovery plan should not be limited to the planning of alternative processes and techniques, but also to good training and clearly defined alternative roles – for individuals and departments – in case of disruption. And the impossibility of identifying all unexpected situations, it is always possible to have alternative tasks to optimize the utilization of the institution’s resources during emergencies.

4. Existing practices and service agreements

While the affected organization itself is likely to act in its best interests, many external entities – from customers to collaborators – are affected by disasters. A good disaster recovery plan should include a well-developed plan to reduce damage to these entities, as well as a clearly defined process that these entities are aware of. While the disaster often stands out best in people, an external entity that arises in an external entity can easily be seen as being categorical in transactions, if mismanaged, and the interests of external entities should be compromised more than is inevitable.

5. Protect sensitive central information for business

Each organization has operational information that could harm the organization, if it falls into the wrong hands or is compromised by privacy or security – both inside and outside the organization. Disasters often provide sufficient pressure to raise these issues. An effective disaster recovery plan should be identified, including the worst scenarios, possible sources and points that could cause such consequences, and the best ways to reduce such damage.

6. Regular testing of the effectiveness of emergency procedures

Even the best innovative disaster recovery plans can prove ineffective, if the elements that need to work together to minimize damage are not adequately prepared and compatible with the contingency plan. Hence the need for regular testing and reconfirmation with the disaster recovery plan so that the disaster can be dealt with with minimal damage. Similarly, any change in metrics and variables needs to be calculated and incorporated into the disaster recovery plan – as well as the resulting changes that are communicated to the entities concerned.

7. Promote the replication of procedures, processes, entities and infrastructure

The effective plan for disaster recovery is not limited to trying to make the most of the elements that have escaped the turmoil, but there is a need for abundance and surplus in every aspect of the system itself. Repetition not only limits the scale and magnitude of the disorder, but reduces the chance of a subversive disaster. While isolating tasks and sections is not self-evident and undesirable, repetition allows the separation of these elements so that disaster can be minimized and contained.


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