Disaster Recovery Planning for a BCP

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Currently there are 200 employees expected to scale up to 800. Client has approved the operations only from a single location. The location is prone to natural disasters like hurricanes. The client has not provided laptops to the employees which prevents them from connecting from home in the event of a disaster. Considering the nature of disasters, it is likely that all telecommunications would be affected in the region. Given these conditions, could you please suggest possible BCP/DR options?
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  • Rich Castagna
    It's not likely that any effective DR/BC plan can be developed within the parameters your client has laid out for you. There are some basic requirements for any DR/BC plan, starting with having identical copies of your data at two geographically dispersed sites. This can be easily achieved for most companies using a cloud service which makes it unnecessary to create a second data center or to use a co-location service. The cloud makes it possible to effectively have a second site without paying for the infrastructure  of a privately maintained  physical recovery site.

    That's the first basic.

    Next, your client will need some way of accessing its data and applications storied in the cloud DR service. While you can spin up virtual servers at the cloud site, you still need some way of accessing those servers and applications they're hosting. If your client doesn't provide alternative means for its employees to access the servers, then business will stop for the duration of the disaster and recovery period. By equipping key personnel with PCs--laptops, desktops, tablets, etc.--you can ensure that at least some employees can access applications and data.

    Bottom line: having a DR/BC requires some investment.  Fortunately with the emergence of DRaaS (DR as a service), the investment can be relatively modest.

    Good luck!
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