Business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) go hand in hand, and people forget there is a difference between the two. In layman’s terms, business continuity refers to the extensive procedures you put in place for continuing business operations in the event of a disaster. While DR is how an IT team or company recovers after a disaster has already taken place.
If you think practically, business continuity is a plan that allows a business to strategize in advance what it needs to do to ensure that its essential products and services continue to be delivered (at a predefined level) before a disaster. Whereas a DR plan allows a business to figure out what needs to be done immediately after a disaster to recover from the event. So, a business continuity plan outlines the steps to be taken to continue your key product and services, while a DR plan sketches out what steps need to be made to safeguard data when an incident such as drive failure, natural disaster or user error has taken place.
Your impact analysis and business continuity strategy are a part of the business continuity plan. Your incident response, emergency response, damage assessment, evacuation plans, etc. are part of DR. It makes sense to divide your planning into two parts:
- Planning to continue your business operations.
- Planning to recover from disaster situations.
Don’t allow the security and success of your business to be affected by something out of your control. Invest in the security of your company’s future by establishing a continuity plan with Pointivity. We will keep your business running smoothly by putting together a plan to:
- Keep your business and employees going even when disaster strikes.
- Store backups of your data to ensure your company’s future.
- Reduce the cost of downtime and data loss.