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Disaster Recovery Template: A Blueprint for Recovery

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DR Plan) is a detailed IT document that provides a blueprint for recovering from common IT-based business disruptions such as:

  • Ransomware or Other Cyberattacks

  • Environmental Catastrophes

  • Building Accessibility or Power Disruption

  • Employee Errors

  • Hardware Failures

  • Software Failures


Whether you are managing your DR plan internally or are entrusting your plan to a managed service provider, the document must contain detailed, accurate and up-to-date information about the IT operations of your organization. The DR Plan must present that information in a clear and coherent format that is easily consumable and – most importantly – actionable during an actual emergency. Your employees or service provider must be able to follow the document and react rapidly so that availability can be restored per the company’s established service level requirements.

Evolve IP designed this template to help our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) clients – both infrastructure only clients and those leveraging our managed DRaaS services —  with the process of capturing and organizing the critical information needed to ensure that IT operations are in a position to survive when a disruption occurs.

This template is meant as a guide only. You should review it carefully to determine whether it appropriately fits your needs. If desired, our services team can guide you through the process to customize the template or create a comprehensive DR plan that best meets your own requirements and goals.


Protect with Prem Extend™: DRaaS Solutions from Evolve IP

A disaster recovery plan is no longer enough. Many businesses need data protection and automated options for business continuity. Evolve IP’s Prem Extend™ suite of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions help customers apply this same Disaster Recovery Plan template concept, but designing it to include a wide and powerful range of cloud-based backup and recovery solutions.

We help customers “extend” their on-premises business continuity protections into our secure Compliance Cloud™ – a PCI and HIPAA compliant computing environment built on the best-of-breed technology in our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform.

Our Prem Extend™ solutions have been carefully developed to provide cost-effective, dependable options for customers to protect their critical business data and ensure recoverability. These cloud-based services provide customers with unmatched data loss prevention and the flexibility to address any RTO and RPO objectives. Driven by each customer’s unique needs, our DRaaS solutions offer backup and recovery protection for:

  • Desktops

  • Physical Servers

  • Operating Systems

  • Hypervisors

  • Storage


We’ve designed our Prem Extend™ suite to allow businesses to determine their level of risk and spend accordingly. Our customers not only know where their data is backed up, they also know how and when they will have it restored when a disaster is declared, as defined in their Disaster Recovery Plan.



Testing: Are You Truly Recoverable?

An essential component of our Prem Extend™ solutions – and of any disaster preparedness and recoverability plan – is testing. The DR Plan testing process should be conducted on a regular basis to ensure that all aspects of the plan are in fact practical and effective, and that all key personnel and resources are capable of performing as required to return the business availability under fire. Key questions answered by a comprehensive DR Plan include:

  • Are employees and service providers able to execute the plan?

  • Are data backups accessible within the desired timeframes?

  • Are contingencies in place to adapt to accommodate resources or employees that may not be able to participate in the recovery process due to the disaster itself?

  • Can the recovery time objective (RTO) practical or attainable?

  • Can the systems be restored with an acceptable degree of data loss? Is the business’s recovery point objective (RPO) practical/attainable?


Instructions for Using This Template

This template can be used as a guide to composing a self-created DR Plan for your organization. To do so, complete all the required sections and delete all unnecessary sections, replacing example text and Find and Replace text during the process. Once you have completed all sections, delete all instructional text (including this instruction page) as well as all “Required” or “Optional” markers and Find and Replace markers.

Click here for your full copy of the DR Plan Template

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