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Difference between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

By mac1968 ·
Can someone explain to me the difference between a Business Continuity Plan and a Disaster Recovery Plan?


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Subtle but different

by TheChas In reply to Difference between Disast ...

The concepts of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are intertwined, but different.

Business Continuity is your plan for continuing to operate the business of the company in the face of a serious disaster.
This usually involves a second facility that is already part of the company, or a plan to setup "core" business units in leased space.

The second facility needs some level of separation so it can operate in the face of regional disasters such as the recent US power outage.

For a company with multiple locations, this can be as simple as setting up the phone lines to transfer to a different office, and increasing the staff at that office.
The other facilities need to be able to access recent data from the affected office.

Disaster Recovery is your plan for replacing key data and infrastructure in the event of theft, fire or natural and equipment disasters.

If the building burns down, you need to implement both plans.

In the case of a situation that prevents the use of a specific facility, you would need to implement the business continuity plan.

Should you have a smaller problem, like the server room burning up, you might only need the disaster recovery plan.


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A bit more

by Oldefar In reply to Subtle but different

The business continuity plan also addresses issues outside of IT, such as the loss of key personnel or access to critical resources. In short, how does a company stay in business.

The disaster recovery plan focuses on restoring capability lost due to an event.

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In a shortened form ....

by areets In reply to Difference between Disast ...

... DR is a subset of BC! DR is set against the IT environment where as BC, the entire business or business sub-division.


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