A major financial services organization needed to create and implement a disaster recovery solution using leading practices to ensure business continuity in case a major disaster affected its day-to-day operations. The organization was designing and implementing a disaster recovery data center in another part of the country, but needed to develop the processes and procedures to sustain the program and recover and restore IT services, enabling it to recover data and resume operations seamlessly if necessary.
KPMG LLP (KPMG) developed an industry-standard disaster recovery process. When the engagement concluded, the client had:
With the development of an out-of-region data center under way, our client asked us to create a sustainable disaster recovery plan, help build the plans and processes to bring the new center online, and help ensure its team was prepared to maintain the on-going requirements. Our contributions included:
Your organization is never going to be as ready as it needs to be unless you plan appropriately, exercise regularly, and train your people.
It is not enough to build a disaster recovery data center. Organizations need a robust program and strategy for recovering critical IT services and business operation if something bad happens.
A successful organization has to keep moving, and so do disaster recovery and business continuity plans. The plans and processes must be tested and updated continually to meet the changing needs of the organization.