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What’s in a Name?

Written by  Deborah Dix

Business continuity, business resumption, contingency planning, disaster recovery, continuity of operations – why so many terms? Is there any difference? Does it really matter? Are they interchangeable? If not, which one is appropriate and when? Doesn’t everyone know what we mean? Who really cares what term is used? The answer to all of these questions is “it depends.” Disaster recovery got its foothold in the data center environment. With the ever increasing dependence on information technology, a loss of data could be catastrophic. As a result, backing up data became a regular activity. Processes for backing up and restoring data could be complex, so it became obviously necessary to document them. Realizing a larger, more catastrophic event could potentially destroy on-site backups as well, a practice of making generational backups and sending them offsite began. Senior leadership began to realize that the success of an organization is dependent on more than just