Top 10 Tips for Building a Disaster Recovery Plan That Fails Miserably

Are you looking for a way to make your entire organization resent you? Do you often dream about being in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons? Does the idea of advancing your career with a solid disaster recovery plan and making more money irritate you to no end? If so, I have some good news, my friend. I’m going to tell you exactly how to tank your firm’s disaster recovery plan. If you don’t have one, no sweat… You probably won’t need one anyways.


10 tips for a sub-par disaster recovery plan:

1.     Assume you will never experience an outage in your datacenter

A good rule of thumb: If you haven’t experienced some sort of disaster, you’re probably in the clear. Don’t worry about the fact that it’s not a matter of if, but when you’ll see a failure. You’re better than that. I mean, you did win $100 the last time you went to the races. Clearly, the odds are in your favor.

2.     Communication is so overrated – don’t bother

There’s no better feeling than ignoring emails and skipping out on important meetings with key stakeholders. Besides, who actually likes talking to Debbie in accounting? That’s right, no one. Sorry, Deb… your financial apps are definitely on the bottom of the priority list if there’s ever an outage (which there won’t be).

3.     Assume all applications are critical to the business

This is probably an easy one, because you hear the complaints all day long. Everyone’s pet application is the most important app in the company. If you can’t get it restored soon, the company will inevitably suffer great losses. Whether that’s true, we’ll never know… throw them all in your queue and get to work. Why would you ever want to match your backup solution to your business?

4.     Never have defined SLAs

This flows nicely with tip # 3. You’ll get to it when you can, right? What’s with all these pesky end users always wanting their services to be restored ASAP? The nerve…

5.     Don’t set RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) requirements

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Ever heard that saying? This applies here too. If you don’t have a mutual agreement with business stakeholders, it’s so much easier to weasel your way out of any real responsibility for upholding RTO and RPO requirements. Why? Because they won’t actually exist. Problem solved.

6.     Never document or distribute your plans

There’s a little something called job security that’s worth mentioning here. Writing things down is just another way to be transparent and allow for mutual accountability and collaboration. If you don’t document your disaster recovery plan, you become that much more valuable to your organization because you’re the only one who knows what to do in the event of a major disaster!

7.     Don’t ask for buy-in from key stakeholders

Skip the bureaucracy and go with what works – not saying anything at all.

8.     Don’t test your disaster recovery plan

Assuming you actually have one, testing your DR plan is often a waste of time. You have this covered and no one can prove otherwise. Besides, you’re probably too busy dealing with PEBCAK errors anyways.

9.     If there are already plans in place, don’t ask questions

If the last guy’s plan worked yesterday, it’ll work tomorrow. Some would suggest evaluating and updating your plan due to the ever-changing business environments, but that’s such a drag. Go with what’s been proven to work.

10.  Don’t waste time on innovation

Use the tools and techniques that you currently have at your disposal. Unnecessary complexity isn’t necessarily a bad thing.



If you’ve made it this far, congrats. I realize the sarcasm was pretty thick, but I wanted to have a little fun with a widely discussed topic. In all seriousness, we’re passionate about helping our customers put disaster recovery plans in place that enable true business continuity. One of the ways we act on this passion is by giving educational content away, like e-books.

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P.S. If you missed the first installment of this e-book series titled, "Downtime Costs How Much? Calculating the Business Value of Disaster Recovery", be sure to check it out.