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Should You Go with Disaster Recovery Planning or Business Continuity Planning?

When disaster strikes, you may wish you had either a business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan. How do you know which is right for you? First, let’s look at the facts.

Disaster Recovery Plan

A disaster recovery plan does not actually mean to recover from a disaster. In fact, it means to bring the systems back online after an outage. An outage could lead to disaster, however. For example, perhaps you tried to log into your email while in the office only to find the systems shut down. The IT department goes into hyperdrive to bring everything back online, and once they do, you exhale all the nerves of the last hour. Email only makes a small portion of this IT, and you have the internal network, various software licenses and your phone system as well. Each of these elements make up a good disaster recovery plan.

Business Continuity Plan

With a Business Continuity plan, all the resources and steps required to keep your business operations online get documented. This, however, doesn’t include the recovery of an IT system. You have a number of IT departments like:

  • HR
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Finance

Business Continuity plans keep the wheels turning on these departments even after an incident puts a halt to it. You may have to start your business out at 30 percent operational during the recovery phase, but the long-term goal will be to bring the company back to 100 percent operation.

If you’d like to learn more about whether a disaster recovery plan or a business continuity plan will be right for you, you can contact us via email.

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