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Friday, 26 July 2013 15:58

Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, & Operational Recovery: Clearing Up Misconceptions

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are completely different. They are siblings but still two separate and unique topics. Disaster Recovery is technology + process + people for IT systems. Business continuity is people + process for business functions. You can have Business Continuity without Disaster Recovery. The opposite is a total waste of money. If there is no plan for the business to recover and connect to IT systems, you are pouring money down the drain.

In addition, Disaster Recovery is not all about technology. There have been some good discussions about Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) in the industry. However, the linkages to the business functions have not thoroughly been detailed. Even large companies have issue with correlating the IT systems to business functions. In fact, one very large airline I worked with is a perfect example. They named 55 mission critical business functions. IT identified 55 mission critical applications. After some due diligence in aligning business function to applications, only 9 of the applications named by IT supported mission critical business functions and 46 mission critical business functions were not properly supported. So, there were many applications which had clusters, replication, and expensive Disaster Recovery techniques employed that did not need it.

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