Backup & Disaster Planning
For businesses of any size, prolonged inability to operate is costly and potentially fatal. Disaster recovery/business continuity (DR/BC) planning is a practice area that combines business logistics and information technology to help organizations prepare for events that could threaten their ability to function. Business disruption can have a wide variety of causes including natural or man-made disasters, pandemics, malicious IT attacks, hardware failure, software bugs, planned maintenance, or human error. High-level business continuity planning encompasses business logistics that go well beyond information technology and addresses issues such as emergency notification systems, alternate office space and transportation, and regulatory reporting. Disaster recovery typically focuses on IT issues such as trying to eliminate single-point network failures, providing a temporary “subsistence-level” computing environment, and expediting the recovery process.
Virtually all large enterprises have regularly updated strategies and technologies in place designed to allow them to function at some level in case of a catastrophe. For smaller businesses, however, serious DR/BC planning has historically been too expensive to implement and too complex to manage. But things have changed. A convergence of new technologies such as Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica and services such as cloud backup/recovery has made DR/BC solutions affordable and effective.
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