Which is better, Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity?

Over the past few years businesses have thought in terms of ‘disaster recovery’ for their IT systems.

This asks “what disasters would you be vulnerable to, and what plans do you have in place to return to normal working as soon as possible, with minimal loss of emails or data?”

Very few of our clients have disaster recovery plans. Creating them takes time and effort that they’d usually rather spend on managing their business, and often needs expertise that’s difficult come by and potentially expensive.

But… for most organisations, any interruption in normal working is hard to take, and the thought of losing emails is very troubling.

Business continuity offers a realistic alternative

Given that a disaster could happen, however unlikely you think that might be, a good question to ask might be “what can we do to ensure that, whatever happens, we can carry on working pretty much as normal with no risk of losing emails or data?”

The advent of cloud computing and better internet connections means that ‘business continuity’ is now possible within the budget of most small businesses. All it means is setting up a small-business network so that events like loss of power, loss of internet connection, fire, flood, or bad weather, won’t interrupt your work.

The one thing you do need is somewhere to work that has an internet connection.

Find out more about business continuity from First Line.

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