In layman's terms, Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BCDR) is the actionable strategy an organization puts in place to save itself in case catastrophe strikes, endangering its very ability to operate and accomplish critical missions. It is a process by which management teams and key stakeholders agree in advance on the actions that will be taken to help the organization recover from business-threatening disasters that totally or partially interrupt operational functions. Disaster recovery plans must be insightfully defined, rigorously tested, and regularly practiced in order to ensure that key personnel can efficiently carry out their roles if the need arises.
Bottom line, when trouble comes—whether from technological failures, cyberattacks, extreme weather, or something else—it’s vital to expedite data recovery, minimize downtime, and re-establish secure network operations.
BCDR plans should be adaptable, updated regularly, and practiced routinely. It all begins with a policy statement that outlines the goals of your BCDR strategy. A business impact analysis is instrumental in predicting the impact of a shutdown on your business. Your BCDR strategy must combine preventive actions to help avoid a disaster with predefined recovery actions ready to go, if needed. Standards created by organizations like ISO and NFPA can guide an organization’s BCDR efforts. Specific business continuity standards are available for vertical markets such as financial institutions.
After the BCDR plan has been drafted, executive management must get on board. Virtual run-throughs can prepare all participants for what they’ll be called upon to do.
Business continuity / disaster recovery priorities often vary by the size of the business:
•Small Enterprise management teams may be relatively uneducated about the wide range of threats that can derail business operations—in effect, they must become aware that they need insurance. Data must be backed up, but to protect against a site-wide disaster, that data must be copied to a secure offsite data center. The best strategy for small business teams is to turn to a smart colocation provider like VAZATA to address data threats and create a “safety net” that includes a dedicated work space at an affordable price, along with expert infrastructure and technical support.
•Managers of Medium Enterprises understand the importance of having a BCDR plan, but may not have one in place…yet. In fact, they may be concerned about who they can trust with their data. If that matches your profile, your insurance should come in the form of a dedicated DR facility with business-class connectivity that provides secure access to data on a 24/7 basis, with expert data center technical support as needed.
•Large Enterprises usually have a BCDR plan-of-record in place, but may feel pressure to source a better solution, one that improves service and delivers cost-effective infrastructure, backup and recovery capabilities. No one solution fits every company’s unique needs, so a colocation provider must also be a focused business partner that is capable of having a dramatic impact on your specific threats. A provider like VAZATA conducts a rigorous in-depth technical assessment to determine requirements including recovery time objectives, maximum tolerable downtime, and more. VAZATA then prescribes a backup approach and recovery regime that best meets those needs. Everything from server technology to data center location—and many other factors—play a role in creating BCDR solutions that mitigate risk to your unique organization while minimizing the “cost of insurance” that protects the future of your business.
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