First step is to get an evaluation done which will be used to create a Disaster Recovery plan of action. Based on this evaluation and your current Network configuration, recommendations might include Backup Solutions and Virtualization.
The minimum requirements will be Data which is either backed up to a NAS or Tape device where it can be stored off-site in a secure location. Your network infrastructure should be in a “Virtualized” environment if not already. Microsoft HyperV and VMware are currently leading the market in this technology.
There are other important advantages other than Disaster Recovery which makes this Virtualization Solution attractive:
- Hardware Consolidation
- Higher Availability And Uptime
- Improved Management
- Faster To Build And Deploy New Servers
- Considerable Cost Savings
- Reduced Power Consumption
Once in a Virtual Environment you can leverage the ability to “Replicate” your Entire Network in the “Cloud”, providing a duplicate Network at another off-site location.