The Easy ABC’s of Business Continuity Today (a glossary)

by | Sep 30, 2015 | Business Continuity

Business Continuity Today Made Easy

Business continuity today can feel like a complicated, overly technical subject matter. That’s why we’ve broken it down and made it as easy as 1, 2, 3 — or rather A, B, C.

A is for AUTOMATIC VPN (or Virtual Private Network). VPN is connecting virtual servers in the cloud to your private network using an advanced secure connection.

B is for BUSINESS CONTINUITY (of course). Business continuity today is the ability to keep business and data systems operational, even in the event of a technical or natural disaster. Backup alone is not enough to save your systems and keep your business running.

C is for CLOUD. Data or software that resides in data centers and that is accessed by users over the Internet is said to live “in the cloud”.

D is for DOWNTIME. The average North American company suffers at least 10 hours of IT downtime per year. Don’t let your business experience downtime!

E is for EXCHANGE SERVER. Microsoft’s widely-used messaging and collaboration software. Frequently used in conjunction with Microsoft Outlook, it enables users to securely access communications from their desktops, Web browsers or mobile devices.

F is for FILE RESTORE. Restoration or recovery of “lost” files.

G is for GIGABYTE. One gigabyte is equal to 1,024 megabytes.

H is for HYBRID CLOUD BACKUP. With a hybrid solution, a company’s essential data is backed up locally and is replicated offsite, providing additional data security. In most cases, 3 distinct copies of each file exist – on the workstation or server, on the local device and in the public cloud.

I is for INSTANT RECOVERY.  Only 27% of users are very confident they can get back up quickly after a major disaster.

J is for JUBILANT! What you will be when your systems are restored.

K is for KATRINA. The costliest hurricane ever at $106 Billion.

L is for LOCAL APPLIANCE.  Backup and Disaster Recovery hardware that resides at a company’s local site.

M is for MSP. A Managed Service Provider is a company that manages information technology services for other companies via the Web. Services usually include Backup & Disaster Recovery as well as Business Continuity today.

N is for NODE. Networks, a processing location. A node can be a computer or a server or some other device such as a printer.

O is for OFF-SITE Virtualization. Backups can become a full working machine within seconds using virtual technology.

P is for PETABYTE. One PB is equal to 1,024 terabytes. Now, that’s a lot of bytes!

Q is for QUALITY ASSURANCE.  Making sure your systems are 100% operational.

R is for RECOVERABILITY. The ability to recover, or restore, your files and systems following a disaster.

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S is for SCREENSHOT BACKUP VERIFICATION. This technology tests backup integrity at prescribed intervals and proactively identifies bootabiltiy issues. The resulting screenshots can be sent to the user in an email. Make sure you BDR solution has it.

T is for TAPE DRIVES. An outdated technology similar to audio tape and the least expensive medium for making backups. Unfortunately, tape failure rates exceed 50%.

U is for USB. An industry standard developed in the mid-90’s to interconnect computer peripherals and supply power simultaneously. It replaced a variety of earlier interfaces.

V is for VIRTUALIZATION. The process of simulating a hardware platform, operating system, storage device or network resources. In relation to business continuity today, virtualization means the ability to create a copy of a file or system in the cloud. This enables a business to continue operations in lieu of a technical or natural disaster.

W is for WORKSTATION. Any computer connected to a local-area network.

X is for soX COMPLIANCE. The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act of 202 set forth rules and regulations that financial institutions must adhere to or face severe fines and penalties, up to and including prison time. According to the law, several areas relating to internal accounting, record retention, record retrieval and data destruction and recovery are under strict scrutiny.

Y is for YOU! You are in control of your data when you invest in a backup and recovery solution that provides intelligent business continuity today.

Z is for ZFS. The technology that enables efficient storage backups.

There are a lot of terms being thrown around business continuity today. Hopefully, putting them to the alphabet was both entertaining and helpful.

If you have any questions about business continuity today, please contact us.

Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!