IT Business Continuity. Business Continuity refers to an organization's ability to keep vital business operations running at or near normal capacities in the event of infrastructure failure. These failures can be caused by human errors, power failures, application errors and a host of others that impact the ability of the infrastructure to properly support the organization. When speaking of Business Continuity the majority of the infrastructure remains in place and functional which is in contrast to Disaster Recovery.
So the place to begin defining your disaster recovery plan is not in the server room but rather out among the business units. For example, maybe you work for a financial institution that has to comply with Sarbanes_Oxley, HIPAA or PATRIOT Act regulations. Information availability is required under all conditions, including routine back_up. Fines for non_compliance and damage to reputation for failure to comply are huge. Or Your organization manufactures precision electronic components and your ERP and inventory management systems must be operational during the week. Downtime costs you /hour. However, routine maintenance can be performed during the week. Or Your company processes a high volume of data entry, fulfillment processing and shipping operations around the clock. Downtime has been calculated to be ผ꺜 per hour.