Objectives Of A Disaster Recovery Plan


A business needs different factors for its operation. In order to run a business effectively, a lot of requirements are needed. One such important need for a business is the disaster recovery plan. This requirement is just like any other requirements of a business which is needed to ensure the safety of business and its data during a disaster. The need of disaster recovery plan is higher in the case of IT and its related business.

What is a disaster recovery plan?

DRP – Disaster Recovery Plan is a set of protocols that are followed by companies and businesses to protect information and assets in the event of a mishap or disaster. The outline of a DRP is a comprehensive document or statement of specific actions that are to be put in place before and after, and during a disaster. In general, a disaster can be of any type and is classified into three major divisions namely

  • Environmental disasters
  • Natural disasters and
  • Man – made disasters

All these three types of disasters can lead a business lost its data and assets. For example a fire or a flood can crash the data center or the server of a business and this leads to severe damage to the data in it. With increasing dependency on IT to run their business operations, more and more companies are devising Disaster Recovery Plans.

What is the objective of a DRP?

It is obvious that we cannot completely avoid the disasters and its consequences. However, the subsequent effects of the disaster can be reduced drastically by proper planning and having the right disaster recovery plan. The primary objective of a DRP is protection of the company’s functions in the event of a partial or total failure; in that sense it increasingly relates to the IT end that enables the running of all systems and networks relating to the main business areas and data storage.

The Disaster Recovery Plan aims to minimize disruptions, it also ensure that some kind of stability and a level or orderly recovery can be put in place after a disaster. The two aspects mentioned above can be gauged in terms of two prime concepts – Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective.

It should reduces the downtime

Another important quality of a good disaster recovery plan is it should reduce the downtime of the business. That is, after facing a disaster, the business should not involve in more time to get back to its normal situation. This only happens when the disaster recovery plan is good. Having a good disaster recovery plan will minimize the downtime of a business greatly.

It should reduce data loss

This is the most important one of any disaster recovery plan. The plan you choose for your company should be capable of reducing your data loss. It should protect your data from loss during disaster or it should be able to get back those data after the situation. Similarly, it should be able to make right backup of your data.

Helen Duffy

The author Helen Duffy