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Developing a Best Practices Approach for Disaster Recovery for SharePoint 2013 – Part 1

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Mar, 20, 2015 10:03

Developing a Best Practices Approach for Disaster Recovery for SharePoint 2013 – Part 1

When developing a disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity management (BCM) strategy for your organization’s SharePoint 2013 platform there are many different factors that must be taken into consideration as well as existing DR strategies your organization may already have in place.

These factors can differ based on the business vertical your organization is in which can add external factors around legal and regulatory compliance as well as how IT and the business view the criticality of the SharePoint platform and whether or not it is mission critical.

In most cases, SharePoint is viewed as one of the most b

usiness critical platforms in the organization and the DR and business continuity management (BCM) service level agreements (SLAs) are or should be very strict in regards to response time of an incident.

Other elements to consider is the damage to SharePoint’s reputation within the organization as a trusted system for which users can depend on in storing content and records and their view of its future reliability. This is critical because you do not want users going against governance policies and storing content in other locations because they have lost faith in the platform due to lengthy downtime or lost data.

There must be clear direction and an accurate inventory regarding SharePoint’s farm level restoration which should also encompass the possibility of a catastrophic loss of the SharePoint Server 2013 environment as well as loss of any hybrid connectivity in case of a cloud-based outage.

Your organization must develop clear documentation and processes that include the full scope of the records of all files, databases, and configurations necessary to return content and services to business-critical operation.