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A disaster recovery plan is an insurance policy, of sorts. Your business needs a DR plan because a well-implemented disaster recovery plan will make your IT infrastructure whole when disaster strikes.

More than an offsite data center and a collection of tools for data recovery and getting your systems back up and running, disaster recovery—often shortened to DR—also encompasses the policies and procedures that your organization’s IT workers should follow to successfully get your business back on track.

As any seasoned IT pro will tell you, disasters can take many forms. And they don’t necessarily have to rise to the level of a data center-rattling earthquake or the storm of the century.Jump to:Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
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Sure, nature is responsible for its share of hurricanes, blizzards, floods, wildfires and countless other ways to interrupt a company’s IT operations. But in terms disaster recovery, people and all their foibles can fall into the same category.

Human error, improper configurations and cyber-attacks can all cause servers and other IT equipment to fail. Sometimes a disaster can be traced back to a faulty server rack, a buggy application and other mishaps.

When it comes time to craft a disaster recovery plan, IT personnel must document its scope and objectives. While they may vary depending on the severity of a disaster and between organizations, even those operating in the same industry, the documentation should be clear on what it covers—from a modest fleet of desktop systems to massive data storage archives—and how the steps described therein help meet an organization’s data recovery objectives and other goals.