Do you have buy-in from senior management for an overall disaster recovery plan for the organization?
If you don't have support from the top-level business management team, there may not be a comprehensive, cost-effective BC/DR plan that is scalable and delivers full site recovery in the event of a real emergency.
Are you able to conduct business during and after a disaster?
Many organizations have backup, however, recovery can take days. Solutions other than backup such as a storage-based can be inconsistent. A hardware agnostic solution delivers consistent recovery with reduced OPEX.
Are recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) satisfactory?
Backup usually has an RPO of 24 hours and an RTO of days. Would you like to improve your RPO to seconds and RTOs to minutes that can be executed easily and consistently during an outage without impacting the performance of the production environment?
Do you have DR solutions that provide replication from both physical and virtual primary sites to your target site in the cloud?
Multiple solutions can create confusion and configuration complexity during an actual disaster event. An effective BC/DR solution requires the ability to replicate applications and data in any environment. To reduce complexity and costs, hybrid IT environments require a seamless, scalable solution that is built for virtual and cloud environments, and automates as much of the BC/DR process as possible.
Is recovery and protection possible at the application level?
Application groups ensure that all the virtual machines (VMs) supporting the mission-critical application are protected consistently. If the DR solution cannot support application groups, ad hoc groupings must be leveraged which can cause errors, especially in high pressure situations.
How long will it take to recover VMs and restore application availability? Can the DR process be tested?
An enterprise-class DR solution should deliver replication at the time of the write event of the VM, not on a schedule. With all the data at the recovery site, recovery can happen immediately - there is no waiting for the last data synchronization. A true enterprise-class DR solution must perform non-disruptive testing anytime for predictable RTO and predictable site recovery times.
Does your team have the training necessary to fail over a site?
The technical component of BC/DR is a difficult operation that requires testing and coordination. Repeated and regular non-disruptive testing is critical, and longer-term testing in isolated environments is sometimes necessary to determine functionality. Is there staff at the recovery site that can perform the failover in case a disaster prevents the team at the primary site from participating in the recovery effort?