Chapter 18

Planning Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

In This Chapter

Knowing the difference between continuity and disaster planning

Creating a business continuity strategy

Planning for recovery from disaster

Choosing a backup business location

Keeping the lines of communication open during a crisis

A key subject throughout this book is how to align information technology with business objectives. Many of the solutions that you will implement will have a significant effect on business processes and may even create new ones. Changes in business processes and their accompanying technological solutions can antiquate your organization’s established business continuity and/or disaster recovery plans, requiring regular testing and revision.

This chapter explores your role in business continuity and disaster recovery planning, which should include not only information technology personnel, but also key representatives from all other business elements in the organization. You need to remember that the resulting plan is not a goal, achieved and then never reviewed. It will be a living document and a constant challenge as you move forward with enterprise architectural projects and technology modernization practices.

Defining Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Planning for recovery operations includes two different aspects: disaster recovery and business continuity (also called continuity of operations). Disaster recovery (DR) involves the recovery of lost capabilities, ...

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