BC vs. DR: What They Are and How They Differ
While closely related, business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) are actually not the same thing and are often mistakenly used interchangeably.
Disaster recovery is the manner in which data, files, servers, software applications and operating systems are restored following a damaging event or crash.
Business continuity is the manner in which a business can maintain operations during a time of technological malfunction or outage.
A business continuity plan provides a blueprint for how operations can continue to function effectively during a loss of resources. The Business Continuity Institute supports a Business Continuity Management lifecycle consisting of:
Analysis → Design → Implementation → Validation
An effective BC plan typically involves:
- Being proactive to identify potential risks
- Determining how those risks will affect operations
- Implementing stopgaps and procedures for combating those risks
- Testing those procedures to ensure their effectiveness
- Reviewing and auditing the process to make sure it’s up to date
Disaster recovery is a key player in any business continuity plan. Most plans begin with backups for servers, systems, data and software applications, and then feature ways to restore those systems in the event of a crash. MSP Backup & Recovery is a cloud-based software application designed by SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow), and it is used by IT professionals and managed service providers to execute disaster recovery operations.
With MSP Backup & Recovery, entire operating systems or servers can be backed up in the cloud or on local storage for even faster recovery. Once backed up, it can all be easily retrieved when needed.
- Files are backed up continuously and automatically, meaning backups occur as you work.
- MSP Backup & Recovery can recover to VMware or Hyper-V virtual servers should a physical server be inaccessible.
- For cases of total loss, a bare metal recovery can be performed.
- Standby images allow for an instant recovery of the most important systems.
Understanding how disaster recovery differs from business continuity is the first step toward implementing a plan that will keep business afloat no matter what. By taking part in a free 30-day trial of SolarWinds MSP software, you can better formulate a business continuity plan and prepare your systems for disaster recovery. Sign up today and feel empowered tomorrow.
Business Continuity Institute: http://www.thebci.org/index.php/resources/what-is-business-continuity