A small misunderstanding with big consequences
Very often, we at System 5 are asked to help our clients build business continuity plans. The problem is, they are confusing Business Disaster Recovery and business continuity and therein lies a massive potential risk. Without proper understanding of the two concepts a business may fail to sufficiently plan, in the event of a disaster.
Disaster Recovery vs Business Continuity; What is the difference?
The easiest way to understand the difference is to imagine that Disaster Recovery is a small cog in your business continuity plan. Disaster Recovery refers specifically to your IT infrastructure and is the process of saving data for the sole purpose of recovery in the event of an IT disaster.
- This could mean minor disasters i.e. a server crash to a major disaster i.e. the loss of an entire data centre.
Business continuity on the other has to take into account IT Disaster Recovery, but also includes infrastructure elements, HR elements and working condition guidelines.
The best way to illustrate this is by example:
In the event of a natural disaster your building is destroyed by fire. You have stored your data offsite for high availability recovery in the event of such a disaster. And bang! Your business is back online. This is Disaster Recovery, and it is what we at System 5 are specialists in.
Business continuity on the other hand implies you also have planned for:
- A secondary office space,
- Secondary hardware and
- Have plans in place to help your staff get back to work as quickly as possible, amongst other things.
Disaster Recovery is at its core data specific, whereas business continuity is business systems specific.
The confusion point
The act of continuing business operations during a disaster means that your Disaster Recovery plan must meet the criteria of your business continuity plans.
This is where we at System 5 believe the confusion lies. We often ask about business continuity plans to custom fit best of breed technology to your Disaster Recovery solutions.
This is of course a very basic overview of the difference and in future blogs we will cover the topic in more detail. If you would like to discuss more about Disaster Recovery and/or how Disaster Recovery powered by System 5 can make the difference to your business continuity plan simply call the offices on: 011 317 7120