DR Planning – Starting to think about Disaster Recovery for IT systems

DR Planning – Starting to think about Disaster Recovery for IT systems

Disasters can occur in a variety of ways and at any time. As something that comes up during audits, we have all heard
terms like “Disaster Recovery” and been asked what our “DR Plan” is.

However, the word “Disaster” can mean different things to different people. To some it means services such as email
and payroll will never go down for more than a few minutes. To others it means that if your webserver dies, it will only
take 3-4 days to rebuild the server and restore the most recent working backups.

And even if everyone in your organization agrees on a definition of DR, most people have different ideas about which
systems and services are important. Everyone wants to get paid and email is important, but what about environmental
controls and security systems such as alarms and key fob access? Can any of the application level services even
work without the underlying infrastructure?

Planning for Disaster Recovery is a huge undertaking and requires a solid foundation to work from. This presentation
will offer some of the early lessons we learned at SD61, as well as provide room for discussion in the Q&A session.
We hope to help provide a starting point for school districts beginning their own DR planning journey!