The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets

By Michael Wallace; Lawrence Webber | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 7
ADMINISTRATIVE PLAN
Orchestrating the Recovery

All things are difficult before they are easy.

— Thomas Fuller


INTRODUCTION

Business continuity addresses continuing a company’s business (the flow of goods and services to the customer) after an adverse event. This event might be the breakdown of a critical machine or the loss of the data center.

Historically, disaster recovery was the term for rebuilding the data center at another site after it had been rendered unusable. This solved the problem of a total data center loss, but the real issue is business processes, of which the automated systems are just one part. Disaster recovery planning is still important for both the data center and the offices. It resides inside of a business continuity plan, which deals with the overall issue of keeping the business running.

Most companies run their business continuity program as a series of projects. Each project has a defined start and stop resulting in a specific product, such as a plan test or the creation of a plan. Some of these activities require the same resources, such as a network technician to set up a test environment or to write a recovery plan. Running the program as a series of plans reduces the amount of resource conflict.


TYPES OF CONTINUITY PLANS

Business continuity plans come in many forms according to local requirements and the preferences of the person writing them. On the CD, you will find sample plans (Administrative, Technical, Work Area Recovery and Pandemic). Each plan

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