The topic of disaster recovery (DR), and its big brother, business continuity (BC) is one of the most misunderstood in the world of business.
No one argues that data is one of the most valuable assets any company owns. It is a well published fact that over 50% of companies who lose data are out of business within 24 months.
The challenge with disaster recovery is the fact that it means so many things to so many different people. Interdependencies between disparate data sources and the applications using that data must be identified and documented prior to any “real work” beginning.
Before we get into the specific criteria, a common dictionary of Business Continuity terms needs to be built. As with most of the IT world, DR/BC is alphabet soup when it comes to the acronyms.
This report explores the basic concepts and definitions of disaster recovery and business continuity.