The purpose of a business continuity (BC) planning methodology is so businesses can keep their operations up and running when they are faced with an interruption in service, whether it's a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake, or a hardware or software failure. A business continuity plan also looks at preventing the interruption of mission-critical services, and to reestablish full functionality as quickly as possible.
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1. This is the maximum tolerable length of time that a computer, system, network, or application can be down after a disaster occurs. This is a function of the extent to which the interruption disrupts normal operations and the amount of revenue lost per unit time as a result of the disaster.
2. This is the process of copying production data to a device at a remote location for data protection or disaster recovery purposes. Hint: It can be either synchronous or asynchronous.
3. This is the is the age of files that must be recovered for normal operations to resume if a computer or network goes down as a result of a failure or disaster. Hint: This is expressed backward in time (that is, into the past) from the instant at which the failure occurs, and can be specified in seconds, minutes, hours or days. It an important consideration in business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
4. Some of the vendors that provide products supporting this technology include Blue Coat Systems, Cisco, Expand Networks, F5 Networks, Juniper and Riverbed Technology. The aim of this technology is to maximize the efficiency of data flow across a wide area network (WAN).
5. This is a set of reference markers, or pointers, to data stored on a disk drive, on a tape, or in a SAN. It is something like a detailed table of contents, but it is treated by the computer as a complete data backup.
6. This is a documented strategy for business continuity in the event of a widespread outbreak of a dangerous infectious disease.
7. This is a set of reference markers, or pointers, to data stored on a disk drive, on a tape, or in a storage area network (SAN). It can streamline access to stored data and can speed up the process of data recovery.
8. This is the process of copying backup files from secondary storage to hard disk. This is performed in order to return data to its original condition if files have become damaged, or to copy or move data to a new location.
9. This is sometimes referred to as a business continuity plan (BCP) or business process contingency plan. It describes how an organization deals with potential disasters. This usually involves an analysis of business processes and continuity needs; it may also include a significant focus on disaster prevention.
10. This is an essential component of an organization's business continuance plan; it includes an exploratory component to reveal any vulnerabilities, and a planning component to develop strategies for minimizing risk. It is likely to identify costs linked to failures, such as loss of cash flow, replacement of equipment, salaries paid to catch up with a backlog of work, loss of profits, etc.
This was first published in July 2010