Posted by Rick Fowler, TCC Director of Mainframe Services

I read some surprising statistics regarding Disaster Recovery (DR) in a recent article in IBM Systems Magazine. Pearson, T. (2018, January). A Plan in Place. Retrieved January 24, 2018, from http://www.ibmsystemsmagmainframedigital.com/nxtbooks/ibmsystemsmag/mainframe_20180102/index.php#/32

The article stated that in a survey of organizations:

  • 50% of organizations do not have a documented DR plan
  • 50% use data backup as their sole DR plan
  • 55% are not testing recovery plans regularly
  • 23% have never tested their recovery plan

We know that unplanned outages can happen at any time to any organization. Organizations need to plan a recovery methodology that allows operations to continue or resume very quickly after an outage. The article discusses this four-step approach to recovery from a disaster that results in the loss of technology and facilities.

  1. Identify the location where the recovery will occur.
  2. Define what data you had at the time of the disaster so you know what to recover.
  3. Identify where applications will be hosted so they can be restarted.
  4. Consider the human factors such as communication and collaboration.

These are just some of the major considerations for crafting a disaster recovery plan. Resuming normal business operations also includes planning for workforce shortages and other non-technology factors. Once a plan is in place, it should be tested at least once a year so all parties understand their roles and responsibilities.

To find out more about TCC’s Mainframe Managed Services, please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/managed-services.

 

 

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