Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity Planning?

A disaster recovery plan is sometimes referred to as a business continuity plan.However the difference between these two plans should not be confused.

A disaster recovery plan is often characterized as being specifically for IT systems within a specific location or maybe a few locations.

A business continuity plan can be considered the all-encompassing corporate plan that describes the processes and procedures an organization puts in place to ensure all aspects of business can resume and be recovered should a disruption occur.

A business continuity plan covers more than just computer systems and data at a few physical sites. Critical areas such as employee safety, relocation plans,communication systems and others are covered in a business continuity plan.

Business continuity planning seeks to prevent interruption of business-critical services,and to re-establish business operations to an acceptable level as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

A complete business continuity plan should account for your employees first and foremost with an evacuation plan that ensures everyone's safety.

Other resources to cover include relocation, temporary offices, telecommunications, remote access, customer and business activities, disaster recovery of systems and data, and all other necessities to return to business as usual, even in the event that an entire location is not accessible.

Creating a business continuity plan can take upwards of 6-9 months during which time the appropriate disaster recovery solutions should be implemented to provide adequate protection of your data to prevent a major business interruption.

Further information should be gathered with regard to starting a business continuity planning project. While your long-term goals may warrant a complete business continuity plan, the concepts covered in this whitepaper should help you to get started on the disaster recovery portion to protect you data and applications.