As a managed IT services provider, your recommendation have probably been asked on what to implement – a business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan. These two terms have been used interchangeably by a lot of people. That’s not surprising since they both share the same goals of making sure that your business is operational at all times. But, they also have unique differences in terms of the purposes they serve and that’s why it’s crucial to prepare them both. You need to remember that these two plans are different and take on two different roles.
What is a business continuity plan?
A business continuity plan that is made to keep a company running even when a disaster happens. This plan concentrates on the business in general, but it addresses different scenarios that may trigger operational risks. With business continuity planning, the objective is to make sure that critical operations continue so that your company can continue to perform regular business activities even under unexpected circumstances.
With correctly followed, a business continuity plan must be able to go on to offer services to clients, with reduced disruption, either during or right after an unexpected event or a disaster. An in-depth plan must also deal with the needs of vendors and business partners.
The business continuity plan itself must live as document that would outline the critical functions of the business. This include a list of important business functions, supplies, copies of essential documents, as well as employee contact information. The data included in the business continuity plan must let the business continue to operate as soon as possible following a disruptive event.
What is a disaster recovery plan?
A data recovery plan or disaster recovery plan is a much more specific, and focused part of the broader business continuity plan. The coverage of a disaster recovery plan is oftentimes narrowed to concentrate on the information and data systems of a company.
A disaster recovery plan is made to save information with the primary purpose of being able to get them back quickly in case of a disaster. Disaster recovery plans are commonly developed to deal with certain requirements of the IT department to get it up and running, which generally affects the company in general.
Based on the kind of disaster that happens, the plan would involve everything from getting back a small data set to a while data center. Many businesses are dependent on IT and that’s why the disaster recovery plan is a crucial part of a successful and efficient business continuity planning.
To summarize, a disaster recovery plan will refer to the way files, servers, data, software applications, as well as operating systems are obtained after a disaster. A business continuity refers to how a business will maintain its operation during a time of outage or technical malfunction. A data recovery plan or disaster recovery plan will determine how a company must react to a disaster, while a business continuity plan would dictate how a company could continue to function even throughout an unexpected event or disaster. An IT service provider can offer you both.