Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery—What’s the Difference?

Your IT systems and data are critical to running your organization.

One crisis can put all you’ve built at risk. Data shows that failing to plan for disaster can have huge impact—many companies that suffer data loss never fully recover. Often, data loss is not a result of a disaster like a hurricane, but rather a small localized event, such as a lightning strike, water line break, or critical hardware failure. More often than not, businesses can minimize the impact of these and other events.

The term ‘Business Continuity’ is often confused with ‘Disaster Recovery’. They don’t mean exactly the same thing, though both are relevant and important to understand.

Business Continuity encompasses much more than Disaster Recovery.

When we talk about business continuity, we take into consideration everything a business needs to maintain operations at an acceptable level so it may continue to generate revenue.

From an IT perspective, this includes, not only access to operational systems, but also the peripherals, specialized network devices, and work environment a particular business may require. Conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is the best way to determine exactly what needs to be restored first and how this would be accomplished, considering all aspects of the business.

When considering business operations, people, and facilities—business continuity is more than data or equipment. Solutions have to consider how quickly you can be up and running and what that means for your business.

Artemis combines planning, prevention, and protection to make sure your business thrives no matter what comes your way. We’re experts at planning and designing custom solutions tailored to your needs (and budget)—to help mitigate the risks of an extended outage. We back our design with exceptional support and a team with both broad and deep technical solutions experience.

Disaster Recovery is a subset of business continuity, involving only the backup and restoration of systems.

We offer a range of disaster recovery solutions, customized to your needs. Many organizations are fine with a nightly backup, while others need incremental backups every 15 minutes. Disaster recovery solutions should be driven by the business requirements, balanced against budget.

There are two key questions that must be considered to determine the optimal solution.

“How long can the business reasonably run without its systems?” This is known in the industry as the Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

The other question is, “How much data can the business reasonably stand to lose?” This is known as Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

Many small businesses find that an RPO of 24-hours from their nightly backups and an RTO of 12-24 hours is an acceptable compromise against cost. The closer RTO and RPO get to zero, the costs rise dramatically.

Planning helps define and understand what an outage means to your business and creates a process that mitigates risk. 

So, what’s your plan?

When disaster strikes, how quickly you recover matters. If your backup solutions takes days to fully restore, then you need to know that. IT continuity management from Artemis provides both disaster recovery and high availability, through both cloud based and traditional solutions, custom built to meet your needs and budget.

Don’t wait for a crisis to think about this or to update your plan. Contact Artemis for a Free Assessment, and protect your business.

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