The inefficiencies of traditional disaster recovery
Disaster recovery teams handle the bulk of disaster recovery processes. They oversee the entire timeline, from declaring disaster to meeting recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). They coordinate communications, individual responsibilities, tasks, and timelines for personnel across business units.
The disaster recovery team represents a lot of moving parts and institutional knowledge. To prepare for disasters, organizations undertake constant planning, training, and exercising to ensure that they can respond to emerging or likely threats. Key disaster recovery team members must continually meet to review and revise their plans, and they must take responsibility for all involved personnel.
During disaster recovery procedures, each successive step depends on the completion of the previous one. With so many people and processes involved, RTOs can be difficult to meet, which compounds stress from the disaster itself.
Ultimately, disaster recovery is a high-stakes, all-hands-on-deck affair for personnel, most of whom have very little experience with the process. Any missing team member or mistake could have outsized consequences for restoration goals or the health of the organization. Unfortunately, disasters don’t always elicit efficiency in people, and human error is all too common during such stressful times.