Avoiding Disaster – Exploring DRBC

Avoiding Disaster. Isn’t that what we all strive for? Especially with what 2020 has brought us this far!? In all seriousness, disaster recovery and business continuity (DRBC) is something that EVERY business needs to be prepared for. To most consumers they are one and the same, however, when you start to look at the components of each they are vastly different concepts. In this article, we explore these differences in DRBC.

Disaster Recovery (DR)

The purpose of this type of solution is to prepare your company for a major business disruption such as a tornado, fire, flood, train derailment, or pandemic.

These types of business-impacting events cause isolation of the datacenter, user, or customer from the backend systems.

A DR plan is essential and does not only include technical components.

DR Planning Considerations:

  • What natural or man-made disaster could impact facilities
  • What facilities are critical to continuing business operations
  • How will my employees connect to systems and from where?
  • How quickly must the environment be recovered?
  • What are the RPO requirements
  • Where will you recover to?  (Cloud, Colo, Secondary site)
  • What is the distance and circuit between primary and secondary sites?
  • What are the mission-critical applications listed in order of priority?
  • What vendors are required to be involved in the recovery process
  • Do you have contact information documented for all vendors and service providers

Business Continuity (BC)

The purpose of this type of solution is to prepare your company for a minor business interruption with minimal impact on business. This is less technical and more in terms of how the business continues to function in the event of a service interruption.

These types of business-impacting events cause brief disruptions to how the business or its employees perform business functions.

Business Continuity Planning Considerations:

  • Do I have alternate connectivity if I lose an internet circuit?
  • Do you have a plan in place for user connectivity if the facility is inaccessible?
  • Do you have backups off-site?
  • Are there any financial or legal documents that are onsite only?
  • What are the mission-critical applications listed in order of priority?
  • What vendors are required to be involved in the recovery process
  • Do you have contact information documented for all vendors and service providers

Well thought out DRBC plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, and more. It is important to keep these updates and edits communicated to the executive and IT staff in order for a quick response in any situation.

We hope the explanation of Avoiding Disaster – Exploring DRBC, has helped. If you are looking for additional resources, D9 Technologies has not only assisted in the execution of DRBC plans, but we have also helped create and implement the steps for preparedness. Regardless of the situation, let us know how we can help get you and keep you prepared, contact us here.

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