April 3, 2018
Although business technology is increasingly more sophisticated and data centers are becoming software defined, addressing disaster recovery as a whole is still difficult for many companies. One of the major, but most overlooked components of any disaster recovery plan is business continuity. In his post, “Disaster Recovery Is Not Business Continuity”, Jarrett Potts, the Director of Strategic Marketing for STORServer, talks about understanding the entire process around business continuity to drive the disaster recovery solution and not the other way around.
Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity
Disaster recovery is the ability to restore corporate IT services after a catastrophic event – i.e. environmental disaster, long term utility failure, or infrastructure failure. According to Potts,
“…business continuity typically refers to the management oversight and planning involved with ensuring the continuous operation of IT functions in the case of system or enterprise disasters.”
As you can see, business continuity is essential for any disaster recovery plan—you have to have one in order to truly have the other.
How to Arrive at a Business Continuity Plan
In order to understand what the business truly needs to function and ensure a bulletproof process in a disaster scenario, you need to translate business operational focuses to technical options, and do so with the available budget on hand. The first step in doing this is to ask yourself the following questions:
- “What do we need recovered first to stay in business?”
- “What do our customers need to remain assured of our stability?”
- “What do our business partners require to continue order, fulfillment and delivery?”
- “What do our vendor relationships insist upon to work with us?”
Accomplish Your Objectives
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with strategic business continuity consulting is one of the most commonly adopted cloud strategies that Mindsight provides to our clients as a complete solution. The complete solution combines the software or hardware that achieves your goal recovery times and data retention policies with the trusted advisory of an experienced consultant that takes your business goals and applies the software or hardware to meet those goals.
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