Putting together a successful disaster recovery plan is one of the keys to good business continuity. TechTarget has some great disaster recovery planning tips (subscription required) on its SearchDisasterRecovery Web site. A highlight:
Design an effective disaster recovery infrastructure. The disaster recovery infrastructure must support the business impact analysis requirements and service-level targets. While disaster recovery is an extension of operational recovery capability, factors such as distance and bandwidth also come into play. The good news is that the number of remote recovery options available to architects and designers has increased dramatically over the past few years. Traditional storage mirroring and replication are more broadly available on a wide range of systems, and compression and deduplication technologies can reduce bandwidth requirements. In addition, technologies like server virtualization can dramatically improve remote recoverability.
Implementing a good DR plan requires time, patience and excellent communication skills.