Business Continuity and
Technology – the Strengths
and the Weaknesses
By SEAN R. BARRY
deployed or managed carelessly, virtualization can itself create business disruptions or data disasters.
According to Forrester Research’s
2010 report on the business state of disaster recovery preparedness, a joint effort
with the Disaster Recovery Journal, many
organizations have improved their disaster recovery capabilities over the past few
years. Despite a slow economy, survey
respondents reported an increased confidence in being prepared for a data center
disaster or site failure.
Seventy-six percent of Survey respondents reported no disaster or major disruption in the past five years, yet Forrester
Researcher Rachel Dines reports that
companies should not take comfort in this
statistic. Indeed, it should serve as a wake-up call because a whopping 25 percent of
companies are likely to declare a disaster. Furthermore, business disruptions are
much more common than “declared disasters.” Here’s why.
Overthepasttwodecades, busi- ness continuity has become a vital business requirement within the corporate environ- ment.Whatwasonceconceived
as a solution to protect mainframe computer systems during a full-blown disaster
has now become an essential part of protecting an organization’s business operations.
Business continuity planners have
relied on technology to assist in respond-
ing to a disruptive event. (For purposes of
this article a business disruption is any-
thing that prevents day-to-day work from
being done, including power disruption,
downed phone lines, and so forth. A data
disaster occurs when data is corrupted.
Hence, a data disaster is a subset of busi-
It pays to plan...
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sheer volume of data generated, even a few minutes
of downtime can wreak havoc on your business.
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