The Certified Data Protection Specialist training course was the first training program developed by the Data Management Institute. It was created to augment and compliment Jon Toigo's book, Disaster Recovery Planning 3rd Edition, which was originally used as part of the course materials.
The CDPS course is designed to provide both technical and non-technical learners with a foundational understanding of disaster recovery and business continuity planning, with a special emphasis on data protection and recovery. This course surveys the latest techniques and technologies for data protection and disaster recovery and clears up confusion about the continuining role and mission of DRP/BCP in a world of increasingly virtualized and outsourced IT services.
Segment 1 - WE HAVE HIGH AVAILABILITY, WHO NEEDS DISASTER RECOVERY OR BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING (DRP/BCP)?
This session provides an overview of one problem that is being addressed by this workshop – namely, the misperception that high availability architecture trumps the need for disaster recovery planning. We will discuss the Infrastructure as a Service model, its current capabilities, and its foibles to set the stage for a discussion of techniques and best practices for continuity planning.
Segment 2 - OVERVIEW OF THE DISASTER RECOVERY/BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING PROCESS
This session defines the elements of effective disaster recovery planning, the phases by which a plan is developed, articulated and tested. DR planning is not a skill in itself, but a way of developing a capability that can be tested so that operators will be rehearsed in their recovery roles and better able to respond to a disaster if one occurs.
Segment 3 - SETTING THE STAGE: DATA COLLECTION & BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS
This session provides a methodology for undertaking the most important phase of disaster recovery planning – assessing the current business process environment, identifying risks and establishing measurable objectives for the plan.
Segment 4 - MISSION PRIORITY: PROTECT THE DATA PART 1
Data protection remains the first priority of DR/BCP. Without data, the recovery of the business is pointless. This session defines strategies for protecting data in the contemporary hybrid data center environment. Trainees will learn the current best practices in data protection and the strengths and weaknesses of popular strategies that are in widespread use today.
Segment 5 - MISSION PRIORITY: PROTECT THE DATA PART 2
This session continues the previous session and discusses other techniques for data protection, including tape-based backup and archive. Archive is key to maintaining the cost-efficiency of data protection methods, since it enables protection services to be allocated more effectively to those data that are active and frequently accessed and updated. Ultimately, improved data management, which assigns policy-based protection, preservation and privacy servcies to data based on business context and value, is the sine qua non of data protection.
Segment 6 - BUILD-TO-TEST RECOVERY STRATEGIES
Creating strategies for recovering critical business processes is what DR planning is all about. However, strategies do not exist in a vacuum. Boundaries are defined by both budgets and by testing efficacy. The ideal strategy can be tested on an ad hoc basis, or simulated without creating disruption in the operations environment. This hour long session will provide examples.
Completion of the workshop entitles trainees to a formal certificate from DMI. This certificate will be emailed to the trainee, or may be downloaded following course completion, depending on the on-line venue where the course is taken. Until very recently, the 2016 version of this course, subtitled Business Continuity Planning in a Cloud-Based World, was offered for replay by Virtualization Review and 1105 Media. We are updating the course at present and will offer it to DMI members via a link on this site shortly.