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BCDR: Why Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Always Count?

2022-06-23 | Charley

Table of contents
  • What is BCDR?
  • How to make a good BCDR plan?
  • Build BCDR architecture with Vinchin Backup & Recovery
  • Wrap up

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The worst thing you can think of during business hours is the sudden downtime causing chaos in the company’s daily workflow, and you don’t have an emergency plan to fix the situation. That’s why a BCDR plan is always necessary—especially if your workloads heavily rely on modernized IT systems. 


What is BCDR?

BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) is a comprehensive strategy set that consists of related policies, technologies, and staff, aiming to minimize the effect on an organization’s critical business caused by random disasters, and gets service delivery back within a tolerable period of time, just as is expected.


Business continuity and disaster recovery are two very similar concepts, yet they’re still complementary elements that together make a perfect BCDR plan, and take on different major responsibilities to help organizations better deal with incidents in an all-around way.

 

Business Continuity: A business continuity plan is a series of strategies and procedures that focus more on giving stable business operations guarantees, which works to minimize service interruption time to an acceptable level. Business continuity covers a wider range that links to every part of an organization’s day-to-day operation, for example, from the IT environment, and personnel, to the communication channel. This not only refers to the fast recovery of IT systems, but also the normal functioning of the whole company after a disaster. 


Disaster Recovery: A disaster recovery plan can be seen as a part of business continuity plan, which includes a list of tactics that mainly aims to help organizations implement effective restoration of mission-critical servers, systems and applications after disasters. So compared with business continuity, the issue that a DR plan wants to solve is purely IT-focused: using data backup and recovery to ensure high integrity and availability of important business files. It plays the “foundation” role in the BCDR plan, and can provide source data for more advanced IT-level business continuity tasks.


How to make a good BCDR plan?

Whether it’s to make a new BCDR plan or update an existing BCDR plan that suits your organization most, preparation is always necessary. It’s best for you and your team to do a complete evaluation. 


Analyze security gaps

This can be done by doing an overall assessment of the organization. Based on the latest state of business, find out the security gaps that are most likely to cause business disruptions. For example, the out-of-date hardware like physical servers, insecure network, and software in very old versions. This action should be implemented regularly, so that these issues can be fixed in time to prevent the performance of more advanced BCDR strategies from such internal vulnerabilities.

 

Designate a professional team

Teamwork is crucial in business development. To build an effective and comprehensive BCDR plan you just can’t simply do it on your own, and that’s why you need help from other people. Make sure there’s a professional team that helps you get things straight, with members who will constantly maintain and improve the plan, and implement every step of the plan accurately at the right time.

 

Define the criticality of different data and workloads

The business data and workloads of your organization should be put in order by the level of importance, and at the top of the list should be the ones that you need to concern about most. For example, the core servers with internal financial files. Setup different RPO and RTO requirements for effective data backup and restoration of different business units.

 

Implement regular BCDR plan tests

Since the security threats evolve along with time, you should also keep your BCDR plan always updated. Based on the actual business operations, you can test the established BCDR plan regularly on a monthly or yearly basis, so that in case any major changes in the plan need to be made, you can be aware of them before a real disaster hits your data center.

 

Build BCDR architecture with Vinchin Backup & Recovery

You can involve Vinchin Backup & Recovery as part of your BCDR plan to offer support from the IT side, if your key business systems are running upon virtualization. With problem-oriented VM backup and recovery features integrated into one software, you can easily implement fast data and business restoration at remote site after a disaster strikes your primary data center.


Incremental VM Backups: Backup virtual machine data by schedule with CBT(Changed Block Tracking)/SpeedKit (CBT alternative) for shorter backup windows.

Backup Storage Protection: Prevent important backup files in the backup depository from unauthorized access and modification.

Offsite Backup Copies: Send independent copies of backup data to a remote site via encrypted transmission to help build a remote DR center.

Instant Recovery: Instantly recover mission-critical business on an interrupted VM in 15 seconds to either the primary site using local backups, or the remote site using offsite backup copies, ensuring business continuity with tighter RTO compliance.

 

Wrap up

BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) plan stands as an important part of business due to its capability for giving stable business operations guarantees even after a disaster. Organizations should make an overall evaluation of the current state of business regularly to update or re-schedule the existing BCDR plan for secure, high-quality service delivery.

 

You can use Vinchin Backup & Recovery to setup a BCDR architecture from the IT side at ease with a set of VM backup and disaster recovery features. The 60-Day free full-featured trial is available to download.

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