Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity
Understanding the Acronyms
It’s common to see acronyms represent both disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC). These terms, when used together as DR/BC, might suggest they are synonymous. But don’t be fooled: their meanings are not the same.
People use the term DR/BC not because DR and BC share a common definition, but because they share a common goal of continued business operations. In fact, DR just a smaller portion of BC.
The Purpose of Disaster Recovery
The purpose of a DR plan is to recover your hardware, software and apps after a disaster. A BC plan, on the other hand, involves your finances, your personnel, your emergency plans and everything else that is a necessity to keep going and serving customers.
For this reason, it’s best to have both DR and BC to achieve a fully functioning business. DR gives a specialized focus on the technology aspects of always-on business, while BC focuses on the broader aspects of staying available to engage customers and generate revenue. In simple terms, BC maintains overall responsibilities while a DR plan is being executed. Together, they keep business running smoothly and consistently.
What Success Depends Upon
Quite simply, the success of your business depends heavily on both DR and BC plans working in conjunction. Most of today’s network outages don’t occur because of weather-related incidents, but because of human error. It’s crucial that companies plan for the full gamut of events that could likely, and unlikely, impact their operations. For example, a structurally-fortified datacenter might guard against damage during a tornado, but it does nothing to prevent a cyber intrusion without virtual protection as well.
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“With so many businesses being IT driven, often times business continuity cannot happen without IT having a solid DR plan. The biggest gap we run across is getting the business’ workforce access again. Many IT departments are prepared to recover servers and networks, but have not considered how to communicate and re-enable the staff to resume work.”
—Dustin Bolander: Chief Information Officer, Technology Pointe
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