Business continuity is different from disaster recovery. Many times, both these are combined to a single plan, but disaster recovery can encompass technology failure, infrastructure failure or such. Business continuity plans would be required, in its true sense when a natural calamity strikes. This allows for users to connect to your service and continue work in the most cost effective way.
Large organizations have used infrastructures such as Microsoft Remote Desktop, Citrix XenApp and other SaaS offerings to ensure business continuity. For smaller organizations, the cost of the associated infrastructure has been the primary deterrent in creating a business continuity plan. With infrastructure as a service offering from various service providers, it considerably lowers the barrier. This cloud based business continuity module will be the contingency system which can roll out in case of any disaster. And as this system will see seldom be in active use, the cost to maintain this plan would be considerably less as compared to traditional infrastructure systems.
One of the key success factors to ensure business continuity is to ensure the users know how to switch to the disaster recovery plan. Hence, like a fire drill, this plan also needs to be practiced in case a need arises for it to be put into action. The business continuity plan will ensure that the system functions even during the course of a disaster, giving sufficient time for the IT department to recover and reinstate the original systems.
Adding online backup as part of your business continuity plan has come after years of coping with numerous external disks. Keeping data at a secure, remote location is most important As Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) on the cloud matures, it will offer various models suited to organizations of varied sizes.
Disaster Recovery Plan
Effective disaster recovery needs a plan.
Different types of testing procedures can be performed to ensure a structured and effective disaster recovery plan.
Contact us for planning or analyzing your disaster recovery process, and to plan testing procedures.
An engineer by education, foraying into a medley of activities - content, social media and marketing.