LOC DR and
Disaster Recovery and Continuity of
Library of Congress
Director of Information Technology Services
In order to comply with the
Federal guidelines, the Information Technology Services (ITS)
Directorate of the Library of Congress required a Continuity of
Operations Plan (COOP) that also included a Disaster Recovery (DR)
strategy. Vcentra experts in DR helped the LOC develop their
DR strategy and COOP following ITIl best practices and Federal
government guidelines. Vcentra created a DR and COOP that
specifies technical requirements as well as functions and procedures
to continue or resume IT-supported operations following a disruption
Vcentra staff employed a holistic approach, assigning domain
experts to each DR and COOP discipline and leveraged computing
resources and software systems expertise. The project team consisted
of business process experts, system and software architects, and
network engineers. Vcentra conducted in-depth technical reviews of
systems and facility visits in order to provide a real-world
disaster recovery strategy.
The COOP developed for the LOC defines roles, responsibilities,
and lines of succession. It identifies possible disaster scenarios
and corresponding corrective steps. Vcentra experts designed the
plan to work in conjunction with other Library emergency and
contingency plans, and emphasized formats that are easy to use,
update, and distribute.
Vcentra experts followed the guidelines and methodologies
identified in the ITIL and Federal Preparedness Circular 65,
Continuity of Operation; NIST Special Publication 800-34,
Contingency Planning Guide for Information Technology Systems; and
OMB Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources. Our
approach incorporated other facility and organizational continuity
of operations and telecommunications plans as well.
Vcentra staff conducted DR and COOP testing, training, and
exercise sessions using materials directly from the COOP. Based on
these activities, Vcentra experts updated and clarified many areas
of the COOP, ensuring that managerial and technical personnel could
use the COOP during stressful rapid-reaction scenarios. In
particular, the COOP clearly identified manual tasks and steps
required to activate remote site COOP facilities.
Additionally, Vcentra identified COOP tools to partially automate
COOP update and publishing.
The DR Strategy and COOP
developed for the LOC provides a real-world disaster
recovery approach and defines roles, responsibilities,
and lines of succession.