Will You Be Ready If Disaster Strikes?
Most disasters occur without warning. On June 28, 1992 two major earthquakes hit Southern California – a 7.3 magnitude at 5:00AM and a 6.3 three hours later. I was there – and unprepared. I had been warned about having earthquake survival provisions on hand in the event of “the big one.” But I kept putting it off blaming my busy life. Fortunately, damage in our area was minimal. We were lucky.
Perhaps you are a business owner/executive or IT manager and have been warned about the need to develop Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) plans. You agree it’s important but keep putting it on the back burner. But you may be testing your luck – or worse. Failure to prepare adequately for natural or man-made disasters that disrupt your business could lead to financial disaster.
By definition Business Continuity addresses the full scope of a business’ mission-critical activities. In the event of a disaster, it establishes the activities that should take place “to prevent interruption of mission-critical services, and to reestablish full functioning as swiftly and smoothly as possible.”  Business Continuity involves keeping all essential aspects of a business operating despite significant disruptive events.
Closely related, and oftentimes considered synonymous, is Disaster Recovery. Disaster Recovery solely addresses a company’s IT systems and services. Wikipedia defines Disaster Recovery as “a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster Recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions.” 
No matter the size of your business, you should develop both a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan. Traditionally, only large corporations have had the staffing and technical resources required to prepare and execute such plans. But the advent of the cloud has changed that. John Dix states, “Cloud computing gives organizations the opportunity to rethink many traditional IT practices, but it may be a particularly good fit for disaster recovery and business continuity… The cloud gives small and medium-sized business the same capabilities that larger companies have had for years. Many larger companies have secondary data centers they can use for data backup and recovery, whereas most smaller companies don’t. Now, the cloud gives them the same capabilities as large companies. They can back up data or replicate servers to a remote site, and then fail-over the servers and network to the remote site in the event of a disaster. So it’s giving small and medium-sized businesses much more sophistication.” 
So the BC and DR playing field has now been leveled. But maybe you’re unclear about the benefits of having Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans and/or how to develop them. To find out more, we encourage you to consider the following helpful resources:
- “Take Business Continuity to the Cloud” by Kurt Hildebrand. 
- VMware’s Information Brief titled “Top 5 Reasons for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery.” 
- Datto.com’s infographic “The ABC’s of Business Continuity.” 
Perhaps you’re committed to develop Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans but want expert assistance to guarantee your investment yields executable results. At iStreet, we have a team of experienced consultants who will work with you and/or your IT team to create the strategy, architecture, processes and procedures necessary to ensure success integrating the cloud into the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery capabilities of your company. To see the breadth of solutions iStreet offers in this area, select the prompt below.
With iStreet as a partner you can have the peace of mind knowing that your business is prepared for any disaster.
 TechTarget. Business Continuance (Business Continuity) Definition. Retrieved from http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/business-continuance
 Wikipedia. Disaster Recovery. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery
 Dix, John. (2013, July). Cloud computing causing rethinking of disaster recovery. NetworkWorld. Retrieved from http://www.networkworld.com/article/2168624/cloud-computing/cloud-computing-causing-rethinking-of-disaster-recovery.html
 Hildebrand, Kurt. (2015, January). Take Business Continuity to the Cloud. cio.com. Retrieved from http://www.cio.com/article/2871275/business-continuity/take-business-continuity-to-the-cloud.html
 VMware. Top 5 Reasons for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery. Retrieved from http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcloud-air/Top_5_Reasons_for_Cloud_Based_Disaster_Recovery.pdf Datto. The ABC’s of Business Continuity. Retrieved from https://www.datto.com/resource/the-abcs-of-business-continuity/