An IT Disaster that is large enough to cause data loss and extensive downtime can come from many sources, including cyber attacks, hardware failures, various natural disasters, or seemingly simple power outages. Whatever the cause, downtime and data loss can be catastrophic to your business.
Although, most companies have some sort of Disaster Recovery plan in place, they are often out dated or have gone untested for years. Today, there are many options that can provide data security and quick recovery capabilities, including Virtualization and Cloud Services, that can bring your company's IT back up in minutes with little to no data loss. Now your organization just needs a plan that will get your hardware, software and applications back up and running quickly and can keep your company going during the recovery process.
Business Continuity consists of policies and procedures that keep your data safe and accessible, but it can also help keep your business running during, or shortly after, an IT failure or disaster. Combined with Disaster Recovery (DR), companies greatly benefit from having a plan for Business Continuity (BC) in place.
Disaster Recovery gets your business back up if it's knocked down; Business Continuity keeps you from getting knocked down in the first place. Now that businesses are fully dependent on technology, these plans must work together to achieve true Business Continuity.
DR/BC planning requires a thorough analysis of existing network structure, applications, databases, equipment, and organizational setup. It is important to define key components and criteria including, recovery point objective, recovery time objective, backup communication methods, alternative site location, as well as inventory, storage locations, and vendor policies.