Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:51

Is That a Business Continuity Plan in Your Pocket or a Bunch of Jargon?

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Technology is full of difficult jargon. To further complicate things, certain terms are often used in a different context between one publication or service provider and the next. An example of this is the usage of backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. These terms are commonly used interchangeably, often resulting in confusion. In an effort to alleviate some of this confusion, let’s describe each physical process. You will see an overlay among all three, although they are each different processes.

Backup – In IT lingo, the most basic description of backup is the act of copying data, as in files or programs, from its original location to another. The purpose of this is to ensure that the original files or programs are retrievable in the event of any accidental deletion, hardware or software failure, or any other type of tampering, corruption and theft.

It’s important to remember that the term “backup” refers to data only and doesn’t apply to the physical machines, devices, or systems themselves. If there were a system failure, disk crash, or an onsite physical disaster, all systems would still have to be replaced, rebuilt, and properly configured before the backed-up data could be loaded onto them.

Disaster Recovery – Backups are a single, albeit crucial, component of any disaster recovery plan. Disaster recovery refers to the complete recovery of your physical systems, applications, and data in the event of a physical disaster like a fire; hurricane or tornado; flood ; earthquake ; act of terror or theft.

A disaster recovery plan uses pre-determined parameters to define an acceptable recovery period. From there, the most satisfactory recovery point is chosen to get your business up and running with minimal data loss and interruption.

Business Continuity – Although backup and disaster recovery processes make sure that a business can recover its systems and data within a reasonable time, there is still the chance of downtime from a few hours to many days. The point of a business continuity plan is to give businesses continuous access to their technology and data, no matter what. Zero or minimal downtime is the goal.

Critical business data can be backed up with configurable snapshots that are instantly virtualized. This allows files, folders and data to be turned on and restored in seconds. Bare metal restores of hardware, where an image of one machine is overlaid onto a different machine, is also utilized along with cloud replication for instant off-site virtualization.

Many businesses also keep redundant systems and storage at a different physical location than their main site as part of their business continuity process. They may also outline procedures for staff to work remotely off-site. Some businesses or organizations may go as far as to have printed contact lists and other critical data stored off-site to keep their business moving if a disaster wipes out power and their ability to access anything electronically.

This should clarify the differences between backu

Read 1359 times Last modified on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:16
Jordon Darling - CISSP

Jordon is the President/CEO of  HITECH. He is a business minded security professional who has a passion for people and small business.  Some of his certifications include: CISSP, CSSA, MCPS, MCNPS, MS, SA


  • Comment Link Letisha Kinneman Monday, 08 April 2019 11:36 posted by Letisha Kinneman

    Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  • Comment Link Viral Marketing Monday, 04 March 2019 13:52 posted by Viral Marketing

    Awesome post. Do you run a business and need clients? Simply click my name and get 100k visitors to your website. Thanks!

  • Comment Link Ellanse洢蓮絲(依戀詩) 少女針療程 Saturday, 24 November 2018 13:06 posted by Ellanse洢蓮絲(依戀詩) 少女針療程

    全「身」趨勢!LSD真空無痛技術,無需使用冷凍啫喱,比傳統激光脫毛更安全,更舒適,更快捷。腿部背部永久脫毛,只需15分鐘!最快激光脫毛科技 配以22x35mm 及 9x9mm 治療機頭,比其他品牌之24mm為大,覆蓋肌膚範圍更廣。 因而更能縮短療程時間及次數。專為亞洲皮膚而設 因應不同膚色設定不同能量,無論膚色較深或較白均適用 最舒適及最有效的激光脫毛體驗 (與755nm及1064nm作比較) 設真空脫毛技術 LUMENIS LightSheer® Desire 激光脫毛儀備有真空脫毛技術,令激光能量更集中聚焦,達至更快及更有效之療程效果。

  • Comment Link futbol.run Sliema secure double signing Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:08 posted by futbol.run Sliema secure double signing

    Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith has urged UEFA to punish Arsenal striker Eduardo for diving in the Champions League play-off against Celtic. SFA chief Gordon Smith dives into Eduardo row, demanding UEFA ban the Arsenal striker

  • Comment Link futbol.run European Qualifiers - Belgium-Cyprus - Match info Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:31 posted by futbol.run European Qualifiers - Belgium-Cyprus - Match info

    Middlesbrough are trying to secure a deal for Mo Besic, but Everton are demanding £6million for the 25-year-old who spent the latter part of last season at the Riverside Stadium. Everton demand £6million for Mo Besic as Middlesbrough try to secure deadline day deal for former loan star

  • Comment Link Football Solutions Javier Paredes Friday, 09 November 2018 22:30 posted by Football Solutions Javier Paredes

    Sunderland are in talks to bring New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill back to the Barclays Premier League. It is understood that discussions are ongoing over a proposed loan move. Sunderland line up loan deal for former Everton star Cahill

  • Comment Link Football Solutions Rangers rue Buffel loss Friday, 09 November 2018 03:58 posted by Football Solutions Rangers rue Buffel loss

    Sportsmail brings you video highlights as Paraguay claimed a dramatic 2-2 draw against Argentina in the Copa America on Saturday. Lucas Barrios scored in the 90th minute. Watch Copa America 2015 highlights as Paraguay snatch a 2-2 draw with Argentina after stunning comeback

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.