Determine failure severity

After you determine your recovery goals, create your recovery plan. The plan should include recovery goals for multiple levels of failure.

The following table shows recovery plans for failures with amounts of lost data.
Table 1. Sample recovery plans
Failure severity Data loss Suggested recovery plan
Small Noncritical data is lost. Restore of the data can wait until a nonpeak time. Use a warm restore.
Medium The data that is lost is critical for your business but does not reside in a critical dbspace. Perform a warm restore of this data as soon as possible.
Large Critical dbspaces are lost. Use a mixed restore to restore the critical data right away and a warm restore to restore noncritical data during off-peak hours.
Disaster All data is lost. Perform a cold or mixed restore as soon as possible.