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Business Continuity and Technology – the Strengths and the Weaknesses

Written by  SEAN R. BARRY July 11, 2011

Over the past two decades, business continuity has become a vital business requirement within the corporate environment. What was once conceived as a solution to protect mainframe computer systems during a full-blown disaster has now become an essential part of protecting an organization’s business operations.Business continuity planners have relied on technology to assist in responding to a disruptive event. (For purposes of this article a business disruption is anything that prevents day-to-day work from being done, including power disruption, downed phone lines, and so forth. A data disaster occurs when data is corrupted. Hence, a data disaster is a subset of business disruption.)The advent of virtualization technology has improved business continuity planning and execution for many organizations. However, virtualization technology is complex and requires proficiencies from both IT staff and management. In fact, if deployed or managed carelessly, virtualization can itself create business disruptions or data disasters.According to Forrester Research’s

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