They go together hand-in-hand, in fact so close, some small business owners are not sure what makes them different, or what should they choose to protect their computer network and their business data. Understanding the differences and similarities is of great help when business owners need to make a decision about their IT options.
In short, Backup and Disaster Recovery plan helps you get back to business, whereas full Business Continuity prepares a business to not only recover from but also be operational during the disaster, as well as protect the business from the adverse effects of that disaster.
Understanding Business Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR)
BDR refers specifically to the safe retrieval of periodically archived data during or after a catastrophic event. For example, if a company’s physical server is damaged beyond repair, or digital data got destroyed, a BDR plan would call for retrieval of lost files from their last backup. It is only relevant in the case of natural disasters, but also in case other events such as internal electrical fires, power surges, or human errors.
Without proper BDR solutions in place, when disaster strikes, the function of organization could potentially be shut down for unpredictable periods of time – hours, days, or ever weeks. Depending on how much data needs to be recovered, and critical this data is to the operations, the data loss can devastate the business.
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The key differentiator between the BDR and BC solutions technology is the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – the time needed to restore mission-critical data to the production environment.
We integrate solutions that achieve RTO objectives by giving you the ability to restore data in seconds, not hours or days.
Understanding Business Continuity (BC)
When BC practices are implemented, it ensures that the appropriate personnel have access to critical functions, allowing the business to be operational.Business continuity cannot be achieved simply through one solution or technology without a human element being involved.Both planning and ongoing processes need to be put in place in order for a business to be able to fully recover.
For this reason, businesses must plan their business continuity strategy on two fronts:
- Planning for how to continue business processes in the event of a disaster.
- Choosing the appropriate business continuity solution to support these processes.
If your business does not have the proper planning in place, it will affect the speed of recovery and your organization will experience downtime. A good BC plan, processes, and trained employees combined with proper intelligent business continuity solutions will get processes back up and be running fast.
We utilize solutions that allow a business to have uninterrupted access to its servers and workstations. This is achieved through a defined chain of command for handling disasters, and instant on-site and off-site virtualization technology for prioritized servers and workstations in disaster scenarios.
When assessing your organization’s disaster preparedness it is important to take every step of the planning process into account – with both technology and human aspects in mind. When one realizes how serious achieving full business continuity is, a proper plan with the right technological solution must be put in place.