Protect Business with BCP
Ransomware attack, Lightning strike puts leading cloud data center offline, Severe floods hits global telecom player services big way – These are few news headlines that creates shock waves across business of all sizes. Any chaos faced in the form of flood, earthquake, storm, fire, data breach, infrastructure failure, external network failure or some other disaster causes unplanned downtime. In today’s world, data and service needs 24×7 availability. The unavailability of service or loss of data has very bad consequences; loss of revenue, loss of reputation, loss of information assets, loss of business contracts, efforts in recovering, re-establishing the setup and lack of peace of mind. So, how to overcome? Be prepared, anticipate failures and plan for failover and Be ready! Solution? Business continuity planning and Disaster recovery.
Business Continuity Planning
Business continuity planning is comprehensive. It not only includes IT but also encompasses other functions such as staff and facilities. It covers policies, tools and procedures to make sure that the entire business needs are staying operational during and after the disaster. A business continuity plan includes
- Predicting business continuity during and after disastrous events
- Envisioning business operation when moved to any temporary location
- Assessing functions that would create a great financial loss, if fail.
- Envisaging functions that would create a great impact on customer service, if fail
- Working on single point of failures
- Identifying points of no recovery
- Listing important assets to create fail safe environment
- Creating alternates, deploying failover, duplicating functions, enabling redundancy
Disaster recovery is a part, subset or one element of a business continuity planning. It focuses on IT-based solutions such as data protection and recovery. It formulates a set of process and procedures to adopt during and immediately after the disaster. A disaster recovery plan includes
- Maintaining adequate IT staffs to recover critical applications, data and systems during disaster
- Establishing data backup and service high availability in more than one geographical location
- Deploying remote access to manage crucial data and functions
Business continuity plan and Disaster recovery deployment are army forces of data center in this data driven world of business. Implementing both solutions in risk management plan is no longer an option, a must. IT being a business enabler is realized well, when it is fail safe.