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Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks by Bernard Golden, JP Morgenthal, Jared Carstensen

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CHAPTER 8: BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY IN CLOUD COMPUTING

Business continuity overview

A commonly used, but often misunderstood, phrase mentioned by corporate executives right down to the engineers in the networks team is ‘business continuity’.

The best description I have heard used to reference business continuity would be to ‘plan for things that you can expect to go wrong, but hope that they don’t’. Whether we like to admit it or not, systems will fail, people will fail, natural disasters may well happen (depending on your geographical location this might become a more common occurrence than other locations), and, believe it or not, even the hallowed IT professionals make mistakes.

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