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Disaster recovery plan design and optimization strategies

By SearchDataCenter.in Staff

Drafting a successful disaster recovery plan for IT infrastructure is not exactly child’s play. The design process involves attention to various fronts; right from selecting a proper location and budgets, to the applications to be put on your DR setup. To this end, our guide has been divided into two sections. The first part puts together resources to streamline your disaster recovery planning decisions—whether it is about areas where you can cut costs, if outsourcing is the right choice, or the top mistakes to avoid. The disaster recovery plan guide’s second component showcases in-depth case studies from top DR adopters in India such as HDFC Bank, Punjab National Bank and Syntel.

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Achieving a cost-effective DR plan: Nine areas where you can cut costs

Disaster recovery can often seem extremely intimidating to many administrators due to the attached cost factors. So is it of any wonder that many ambitious DR projects do not see the light of the day? Now, if strategized carefully, it’s possible to leverage many opportunities that can save you big bucks. Here are nine ways that you can leverage to design a more cost-effective IT disaster recovery plan.

Avoid five common pitfalls in your IT disaster recovery plan

Beware of the myth that disaster recovery tools and technologies are enough to make every IT DR plan a success. In case you overlook certain very simple (yet critical aspects), you are headed for trouble. This tip details five of the most common pitfalls in disaster recovery procedures that you should look out for.

Opting for the correct DR site: Hot, cold or warm DR for IT?

Although IT administrators are aware of the basic differences between hot, cold and warm setups in DR parlance, they are not usually aware of the involved intricacies. This is why choosing between a hot, cold or warm disaster recovery site can be a difficult choice for many administrators. Here are some pointers to help you decide the right disaster recovery type for your IT DR plan.

Indian disaster recovery planning success stories

Learn from the examples of leading adopters of disaster recovery planning in India through this section of our extensive guide. This compendium puts together various approaches that major Indian organizations leverage to ensure the success of their disaster recovery plans.

HDFC Bank's disaster recovery management journey

India's leading private sector bank has evolved its disaster recovery (DR) setup considerably over the years. An early adopter of DR for IT in India, the bank faced numerous challenges when it set out to strategize a suitable disaster recovery plan. We bring you our exclusive coverage of HDFC Bank’s DR plan cookbook.

Punjab National Bank’s successful DR plan boosts customer service ops

When you have 38 million customers to take care of like Punjab National Bank, you need an offsite disaster recovery facility to ensure smooth operations. The bank’s fail-proof IT disaster recovery plan has ensured that it lives up to its tagline “The name you can bank upon”. Learn how Punjab National Bank achieved a reliable DR plan for IT using a meticulous design and capable strategies.

Corporation Bank's disaster recovery plan for IT: A different approach

Leading public sector bank Corporation Bank found itself at the crossroads when a single disaster recovery site did not prove to be enough. This is why Corporation Bank went in for a three-way disaster recovery setup as part of its DR plan. Since it already had a disaster recovery setup at its headquarters in Mangalore, the bank chose to have a near-line DR setup for IT. Needless to say, this decision proved to be a success despite the involved technical complexities.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s DR plan for IT: Outsourcing does the trick

South Indian banking player Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) faced a dilemma when the Reserve Bank of India made it compulsory for banks to implement disaster recovery setups. Thus the bank found itself having to decide between in-house disaster recovery and outsourced DR setups. Outsourcing of DR emerged as the winner considering the downside of in-house management, cost and vendor co-ordination complexities. Take a look at how the outsourced disaster recovery plan helped LVB to boost cost benefits and customer satisfaction.

Syntel's disaster recovery plan for IT formula

Disaster recovery plans vary drastically across industry verticals and differing needs of businesses. This is why IT and KPO solutions provider Syntel (which employs 4,000 software professionals in just its Mumbai office) had its own customized needs. First of all, Syntel’s IT DR plan had to be extremely customer-centric. Also, real-time application availability was not the organization’s priority. We take a look at the disaster recovery strategy that Syntel banks on.

This was first published in September 2010