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Business Continuance: Beyond Disaster Recovery

Written by  Jim Ogorchock

It's a well worn fact. For IS executives, disaster recovery means the restoration of computing operations after a natural or manmade disaster, be it an earthquake, a tornado, a terrorist attack, or a power outage. In the past, companies had no other option than to 'recover' from disasters. They were forced to accept not only the inconvenience of disruptions, but also the costs. Today, the notion of disaster recovery assumes an unacceptable level of business disruption was allowed to occur following a system interruption. Both the internal and external customers served by IS expect uninterrupted world class service and IS is expected to deliver. The focus of individuals on both the technical and business side of operations has evolved from disaster recovery to the more contemporary business continuance model. Business continuance deals not with recovery, but instead on the ability to manage and ensure the constant availability of information across the