Gartner Research

Designing a Disaster Recovery Strategy Document

Published: 26 September 2018

ID: G00367055

Analyst(s): Jerry Rozeman


Developing a DR strategy is critical for IT organizations planning to achieve business continuity. This research provides guidance on business and architectural aspects that technical professionals must document to define and communicate their strategy and includes a downloadable template.

Table Of Contents


  • Important Elements of a Disaster Recovery Strategy Document
    • Executive Summary
    • Recommendations
    • Disaster Recovery Defined
    • Business Objectives and Requirements
    • Assessment
  • Architectural Options Overview
    • Type 1: Disaster Recovery for On-Premises Data Centers to On-Premises Data Centers
    • Type 2: Disaster Recovery to a Public Cloud Provider for On-Premises Data Centers
    • Type 3: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for On-Premises Data Centers
    • Disaster Recovery for Public-Cloud-Provider-Based Workloads
    • Map Criticality Tiers With Architectural Options
  • Implementation Details Framework


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