IT incidents can happen for a number of reasons, but regardless of how a disaster occurs, any type of downtime results in lost productivity while your teams are unable to work. Naturally, the larger your organization is, the more teams will rely on the assurances of a disaster recovery plan.

A well-defined disaster recovery plan outlines the processes to follow in order to ensure your organization can recover and continue operating. Having such a contingency in place is essential for every mission-critical application your organization relies on, including Confluence.

Confluence connects and unifies teamwork, and is often essential for organizations to get work done. With Confluence Data Center, your team can set up cold standby instances in the event of an incident. Data Center is the only deployment method that includes an Atlassian-supported disaster recovery solution to get your applications up and running again in no time.

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Implementing your recovery plan

To get started, your team will need to create a standby system. After creating the standby, do not start the application until you’re ready for testing. You’ll want to install the same version of Confluence that you are running in production.

Next, you’ll implement a data replication strategy. Replicating data to your standby location is crucial to a cold standby strategy — you don’t want to failover to your standby instance and find that it’s out of date or that it will take many hours to re-index your database(s).

Once you’ve configured your Confluence Data Center standby system, you’ll be ready to run disaster recovery testing. Be sure to isolate your production data first, then ensure your system is ready and start the application. After you’ve completed testing, reset your deployment by restoring the standby components to a state where replication can occur.

Don’t forget: depending on the infrastructure your organization uses, you may also need to create a disaster recovery plan to cover the physical aspects of your IT infrastructure, your organization’s network infrastructure, and any virtual machines you use.

For additional information on disaster recovery in Confluence Data Center, please refer to our technical documentation.

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Preparing a disaster recovery plan for Confluence Data Center