Disaster recovery & business continuity
Protecting your business from potentially devastating data loss will present you with the choice of investing in either disaster recovery (DR) or business continuity or both.
How you make that choice has to be based on how long your business can cope without access to the applications and data it normally relies on.
For many companies the main culprits for data loss are employees who make daily calls to their IT managers looking for a document they have deleted by mistake.
More devastating though is the loss of data through hardware, software or application system failure.
DR helps businesses rewind the clock back to a time before the loss occurred and then retrieving it so they can continue their work.
Business continuity allows businesses to carry on working despite data loss as all the data is replicated on separate machines, so it can be accessed immediately and the end user will not notice the difference.
For some businesses, a blend of DR and business continuity may be appropriate to ensure against all these eventualities.