IT Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) vs. Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)

Both these terms are used a lot. Business continuity is really about ensuring that your business can quickly recover from minor events, such as a computer being stolen, a server failing, or your internet connection being unavailable for an extended period of time.

Disaster Recovery on the other hand is about ensuring that your company can continue to operate in the event of a major incident; think fire, flood, or theft all of your office hardware, perhaps even including your servers and network infrastructure.

For both BCP and DRP, it’s important to consider what data you have, whether some files are more important than others, and how long you can wait before downtime starts to have a major impact on your business.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) refers to the point in time in the past where you are able to recover from. For example, if you’re a marketing agency and you have a team of designers working, if there’s an issue with the server and work is lost, you might want to ensure that you lose the bare minimum of what people have been working on. So you might set your backup to run at the beginning of the day, lunch time and then towards the end of the day. Depending on your hardware, you may need to balance your backup schedule between your desired RPO and the performance of the server while the backup is running.

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the point in time in the future, when you’ll be up and running again. In the above scenario, we might have set your backup to run every couple of hours and the priority would be the current projects folder where designers work is saved. We’d ensure that this folder was restored first, ars your target RPO might need to be an hour.

For DRP, you’d think more widely about whether an offsite replica of your main server could be brought to another location so your team could work there, or from home. You’d also want an idea of how quickly you’d need to replace hardware, or maybe even have spare hardware to hand. You would also weant up-to-date documentation such as software licences and an asset list for your insurance claim.

How Dr Logic can help

If you’re thinking about developing your own Disaster Recovery and/or Business Continuity plans it can seem like quite a daunting process. At Dr Logic we work with our clients to develop their plans, documenting processes and then running tests and keeping things up to date. Get in touch for more information about how we can help.


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