What’s the difference between a Disaster Recovery Plan and a Business Continuity Plan?
You’ve probably heard both these terms before, but it’s worth explaining the difference since they’re sometimes confused.
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) focuses on how to keep all your company’s key business operations running in the event of a disaster – i.e. how you’d be able to keep producing and delivering services and products to your clients and customers. So, everything from keeping products dry, working from home arrangements, communicating with staff and keeping vehicles on the road to ensuring vital documents are kept in fireproof safes.
A Disaster Recovery Plan, on the other hand, outlines the steps you’d need to take to specifically get your technology infrastructure up and running again after a disaster.
So essentially, a DRP is part of your wider Business Continuity Plan: both are essential, and both demand careful consideration of what data your business has, which files are most important, and how long you could wait before any IT downtime would start to have a major impact on your business.
How Dr Logic can help
Developing a Disaster Recovery and/or Business Continuity Plan can be daunting.
We’ll guide you through every step of the process and help you to come up with a robust plan that meets the particular needs of your business e.g.
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the past point that you’re able to recover data from. Can you afford to lose a week’s worth of data, a day’s worth, or only an hour.
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the point in the future when you’ll be up and running again. If you need your team to be up and running quickly within a couple of hours, or is a day enough.
- Servers – Consider bringing an off-site replica of your main server to another location so your team could work there, or from home. Although where possible we recommend cloud services over physical servers, but in some cases they are still a necessity and sometimes the best option.
- Hardware – Working out how quickly you’d need to replace hardware, or maybe even have spare hardware onsite that can be swapped in if something fails.
- Insurance requirements – Ensuring that you have up-to-date documentation, like software licences and an asset list for your insurance claim. Also making sure that you have sufficient insurance for the value of your IT.
We’ll document all the key processes, run regular tests to make sure they work, and make sure everything stays up to date. And if you don’t already have an efficient data backup system in place – or simply want to upgrade it – we can set that up for you too
For more info on how we can help to disaster-proof your business, just get in touch.
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