Business continuity is the idea of maintaining key business operations in the face of large scale disruption and disaster.
This can range from maintaining operational processes whilst upgrading the core systems they rely on, to keeping the whole business running despite widescale systems failure/downtime (think powercuts, natural distasters).
Business continuity is important for organisations to consider, regardless of size, industry, or customer base.
Organisations need to have plans in place in the eventuality of system disruption. Not only so staff can continue their daily tasks and keep the business running as usual, but so customers can still recieve the expected services and reduce any waterfall disruptions that arise from the original issue.
Understanding and recording potential risks and points of failure is the first step in creating a business continuity plan.
Knowing which systems are core to business operations and service delivery will help prioritise where focus is put for providing back up power supplies, etc. This can be a challenge divided by departments who use these systems, or by business continuity teams who have oversight of the whole organisation.
As explored above, a majority of organisations have migrated or have plans to migrate to cloud. Where you choose to host your cloud platform is a personal decision, but may affect how you create your business continuity plans.
Self-hosting in a private datacentre is where an organisation owns the hardware their cloud infrastructure runs on. This also means they are fully responsible for maintaining and supporting this datacentre in the case of any disruptions.
Are there backup power supplies and data backups? What happens if all your datacentre(s) are down and you no longer have access?
Managed services mean organisations are not responsible for managing and maintaining their cloud hosting in the case of disruptions, rather, a third-party is.
Datacentre regulations dictate how secure a datacentre is by grading them in tiers. The higher the tier, the better the uptime provided. Typically, you want a provider that has tier three or above as the processes in place mean that your applications are less likely to be affected by downtime.
Responsiv Cloud is hosted on a tier three data centre that has sustainable facilities, 24/7 physical and cyber security features and round the clock support. This means in the case of a disaster, there is recovery support provided and an organisation should not be affected greatly.
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