IT Disaster Recovery template design available somewhere

Hello EE,

I am looking to build an IT Disaster Recovery for our infrastructure and data center.
I am wondering if somebody has written one before and has a good template they are willing to share or point me towards.  There is a lot to it and I can fill in, but want to make sure I don't miss anything.
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Chief Information Security Officer Commented:
Make sure you understand the purpose of disaster planning. DRP is to ensure the business’s survival, not just to recover computer/Server systems. Please note, that creating a plan will be a new experience and without guidance, a huge amount of time will be spent in learning about disaster recovery.
The first step I would review the critical processes and have management define expected Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) needed for those processes (Business Impact Analysis).
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
There are 3 variant which I will be handy in guiding in your drafting but do sought the respective author in reusing any of the content (unless it is declared free for public use). Regardless, it is good reference at least to build a baseline.

a) System/Technology centric e.g Sharept DRP/BCP (see the scope drilling to server Farm and DC involvement for failover)

b) Professional written and layout  (include what is Mandatory and what is Optional or Elective) - do note the use of this document and its rights given to subscriber

c) Generalised scope and form based centric (in Annexes with variety to guide planner in fill up)

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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Chief Information Security Officer Commented:
Take the following points/questions inconsideration:

- During the course of a disaster or significant disruption, does your organization have written plans for business continuity and IT disaster recovery?
- Do the established plans cover critical business functions with recovery priorities?
- Have you performed a business impact analysis including Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective?
- Do you have a dedicated team of professionals focused on business continuity and/or IT disaster recovery?
- Is senior management fully committed to disaster recovery and business continuity?
- Are your disaster recovery costs, options, and disaster declaration procedures understandable?
- Is your business continuity plan updated regularly to keep it current with hardware, software, business and staffing changes? i.e. BCP should be reviewed quarterly and updated at least annually. Updates should occur after each test, changes in personnel, or changes in business direction.
- Is there remote accessibility to your disaster recovery center?
- Has your plan been tested for the possibility of facility loss?
- Does your organization have a documented crisis management process?
- What is your organization recovery strategy? Hot Sites, Warm Sites, Cold sites ..etc.
- Do you have written backup and archive procedures?
- Do you have industry-standard back-up solutions? (media, tape, drives, library, software etc.)
- Do you periodically test your back-up media?
- Does your current backup and recovery methodology fulfill management’s business uptime needs?
- make sure your disaster recovery costs, options, and disaster declaration procedures understandable..
- make sure you have a sufficient budget to support your disaster recovery program..
- make sure to test your plan using a worst-case scenarios..
-If you do Replication, means that deletions and corruptions and accidental will all get replicated, so
the best practice for a mission critical system is to have an online replication to DR site to site, additionally daily backup onsite backup and daily offsite backup (on tapes).
operationsITAuthor Commented:
Great feedback.
I am not having to write the entire policy, just to get a handle on what it is and area we need to look at so this will be great in getting me there.
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