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Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery: Does it Matter?

May 1, 2019

Every year, major natural disasters rock portions of the country. In 2018, the country experienced two major hurricanes, severe mudslides, wildfires, and flooding.

These kinds of massive natural disasters can cripple entire regions. Small scale disasters can cripple cities and disrupt your business.

Many businesses rely on the hope that no such disaster will strike them. Others take a more proactive planning approach. The question business owners face when making such a plan is business continuity vs disaster recovery.

If you're unsure which is for you, keep reading and we'll explain the differences.

Disaster Recovery

An effective disaster recovery plan makes information technology its primary concern. In essence, the plan sets out in some detail the actions you or your employees must carry out to get the data portion of your business up and running again.

For example, the plan might detail where you will get replacement computers and servers with the appropriate software. The plan will provide information about where you store backup data, such as a cloud storage solution. It should also supply credentials for accessing that data.

In most cases, the person or team in charge of your IT infrastructure bears responsibility for executing this plan.

Business Continuity

An effective business continuity plan takes a broader view of the business. The continuity plan guides the actions of your employees during and right after a disaster.

It approaches things with a view for maintaining business services. Depending on the size of your business, the plan might include subsections for every department.

Overall, the plan details things like where employees should report in the event of a disaster. Take a local grocery store, for example. It might operate out of its warehouse for a few days if the warehouse has power and the storefront doesn't.

The plan also lays out steps for how employees can carry out their duties if their normal work environment proves inaccessible. For example, remote work options might go into effect if the local internet and power are up to the task.

Does it Matter?

The difference between disaster recovery planning and business continuity planning does matter.

Take an online business that relies on in-house servers. It all but goes out of business until the restoration of its own IT infrastructure and local infrastructure. That business can probably rely on a disaster recovery plan.

Now, consider a business with separate departments, physical storefronts, and a supply chain. The business has too many moving parts to live without a business continuity plan.

Parting Thoughts on Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery

The notion of business continuity vs disaster recovery planning is a false comparison. They address two different problems.

Disaster recovery deals with getting IT services online again. Business continuity takes a broader approach for maintaining the business as a whole. 

Alura offers a selection of IT services and solutions, that range from mobility management to managed cloud solutions. For more information about our services and solutions, contact Alura today.

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