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Top 10 Tips for AWS Disaster Recovery Plan


In this blog, you will learn what an AWS disaster recovery plan (DRP) is as well as how to leverage the functions in your AWS console to recover from a disaster or prevent the disaster in the first place.


Robust AWS disaster recovery methods can help organizations immensely when trying to stay up and running during a disaster.

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What is an AWS Disaster Recovery Plan?

A DRP is a structured and detailed plan of action aimed at helping systems and networks recover whenever there is a failure or attack. The main objective is to help an organization get back to an operational state as quickly as possible.

On-premises AWS disaster recovery solutions typically incur heavy implementation and maintenance costs. As a result, most organizations turn to disaster recovery tools and solutions that are provided by cloud vendors. These solutions are, sometimes, also offered by third-party vendors. For instance, companies such as MSP360 and N2WS offer disaster recovery solutions specifically tailored to AWS.

AWS users can benefit heavily in the following ways from developing a DRP and having it at their disposal as it can help in:


Possible Cloud Disasters


Why the need for an AWS Disaster Recovery Plan?

To get a smooth operating business, establishing protocols and contingencies for disaster recovery is critical. A company with these in place can minimize disruption of services at its best in the event of a disaster. As a result, the overall damage is reduced.

Reduced service interruption means a reduced loss of revenue. Due to this, even user dissatisfaction is reduced.

Quantifying areas such as RTO and RPO (we will discuss more on this later in the blog) allows an organization to identify its optimal protection level for disaster recovery. Based on these parameters, organizations can choose appropriate protocols to apply backups and multiple servers.

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10 Tips to Develop an AWS Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

As AWS does not come with its own DRP, developing an AWS DRP requires a certain degree of creativity and resourcefulness. However, one can make use of AWS to build a customized DRP, by repurposing some of the features and tools offered by AWS.

Using the following tips and tools and leveraging the AWS environment, one can develop a DRP on their own.


Identifying Critical Resources and Assets

A business impact analysis (BIA) can help to draw up a picture of critical resources and assets that can have a more damaging impact in the event of a threat. It can also help one to get a preview of the potential impact of a disaster on operations.


Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

A DRP allows an organization to define its RTO and RPO. 

The maximum acceptable delay between the service interruption and its continuation is referred to as the RTO.  One should be aware of the system downtime that their organization can afford to avoid irrecoverable monetary damage. Therefore, calculating the RTO is critical for a recovery plan to be a success. 

RPO, on the other hand, lets one gauge how much data loss an organization can afford before incurring hefty damage. It is the maximum amount of time between data recovery points. For instance, if losing six hours of data will result in heavy loss, then an RPO of less than six hours will need to be accounted for. 

One should simultaneously map out the RPOs and RTOs keeping in mind the money, time, and reputation of the company. The measurement of RTOs and RPOs will prepare one for any kind of unexpected shortcomings that may surface.


Choosing a Disaster Recovery Planning Method

According to an organization’s requirements and preferences, there are four main recovery methods to choose from:

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Implementing Security and Corrective Measures

One can implement security measures such as server and network monitoring software. One can also implement corrective measures as remediation tools. These measures can help with system restoration after a disaster.


Testing Plan before Implementation

During the development of the AWS DRP, testing should be scheduled to detect flaws before the implementation of the DRP. This ensures a well-oiled plan before any disaster hits or any kind of threat occurs.


Schedule Maintenance

The AWS DRP should be updated on a regular basis to catch up with system changes. As a result, in the aftermath of a disaster, it is possible to improve the plan to prevent future disasters, failures, or attacks.


Data Backup

Scheduling regular backups, sometimes, would not suffice in the face of a disaster. Quick data access is crucial in these kinds of situations. If the AWS DRP is detailed and up to date, it would allow for data backup recovery and restoration from the cloud environment with minimal downtime.


Cross-region Backups

When trying to come up with an AWS DRP, it is necessary to decide where to store critical data. To avoid impact on the entire system, it is advisable to have data distributed across different availability zones (AZ) around the world.

For example, S3 allows for data to be duplicated by default in several locations within a region ensuring high durability. This, however, does not remove the risk of data loss in a given region. To prevent this, the cross-region replication option for S3 can be used. It automates the copying of data to a designated bucket in another region.

For the deployment of a multi-region, multi-master database, one can also use global tables in DynamoDB. This spreads the changes across several tables. With the distributed data across different regions, the risk of data loss is minimized.


Multi-factor Authentication

It goes without saying that root passwords and credentials should be kept secure and hidden from unauthorized users. To prevent internal threats, it is a good idea to disable the programmatic keys once they are used. Having a multi-factor authentication solution can prevent the administrator and programmatic privileges from falling into the wrong hands.


Third-party Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS)

While it may seem like implementing all steps of a DRP in-house is a better solution, it is not the case for smaller companies. This is due to the absence of a dedicated IT team. In situations like these, third-party solutions are much more practical.

Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is primarily to help organizations develop, implement, and maintain their DRPs. This enables the organizations to focus on growing their business.



Disasters can prove to be a threat to the availability of an organization’s workload. However, AWS Cloud Services can minimize or remove these threats. The first thing to do is to understand the business requirements for the workload. This helps to choose the appropriate disaster recovery strategy. Then, with the help of AWS services, a suitable AWS disaster recovery architecture can be designed to achieve the RTO and RPO as per the business requirements.

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