If you’ve been tasked with writing disaster recovery and business continuity plans for your company, you may be confused. Are disaster recovery and business continuity the same thing? Can I write just one plan to cover both?
Although they seem similar, disaster recovery and business continuity are different. They play unique and important roles in a company’s contingency planning, so it’s important to write a separate plan for each.
However, the plans will be closely related, and likely written in conjunction with one another. The information gathered during the business continuity planning process helps to determine the details of the disaster recovery plan, and vice versa.
Disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans are designed to work together, and are often implemented at the same time following an outage or incident. But they cover fully different aspects of a business, as we’ll discuss in detail below.
Disaster recovery refers to the plan implemented by a company’s IT department to bring systems back online with minimal data loss following an outage. The outage can either result from a disaster or it can actually be the disaster. And the outage can be as minor as email, an online service or the phone system going offline, or the entire IT system going down.
Business continuity refers to the plan that establishes the process of continuing business operations following an outage or incident. This does not include IT systems, but refers to the departments IT supports, such as customer service, sales, HR or others. The business continuity plan will work to keep all parts of the business running when outages occur.
It’s important for all Minnesota businesses to have both IT disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Outages are common, and businesses should be prepared. At Vaultas, our experienced Minneapolis data solutions experts can help you plan for the worst.
Whether your data is in our data center, your data center or a national cloud provider’s environment, we can preconfigure a solution that keeps you operating right through any disaster or disruption to your business. Contact us for more information.