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Improve Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan and Your Ability to Recover From Disaster

Published: 08 January 2014

ID: G00259498

Analyst(s): Robert Naegle


Many organizations have inconsistent IT disaster recovery plans that vary in quality, scope and detail. Disaster recovery and business continuity planners should follow Gartner's recommendations to improve their IT disaster recovery plans and maximize their ability to recover from disaster.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Define the Scope of the Plan
  • Identify Key Terminology
  • Codify What Constitutes a Disaster
  • Consider the Types of Disasters for Which to Plan
  • Make the Plan Easy to Use
  • Reference Roles, Not Individuals' Names
  • Exercising the Recovery Plan
  • Address Ongoing Recovery, Failback and Failover
  • Consider the Communications Infrastructure
  • Maintain Version and Configuration Control

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