Business continuity, cloud and recovering from disaster: a look at Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Over the last few years, the concept of business continuity has become a popular topic for organisations. This is especially true, not only for corporates and global conglomerates, but for SMBs as well. Depending on the industry and sector in which these organisations operate, business continuity may encompass more than simply keeping the organisation going in times of unexpected downtime, and could cover legislative and compliance requirements, too.

 
Business continuity, as a whole, is a strategy that includes processes and procedures that will ensure critical and essential functions will continue in an organisation during and after a disaster1. This includes everything from downtime due to human error, and a natural disaster, like a flood, to network failure and DDoS attacks.

To put business continuity into perspective, while the term disaster does cover a variety of events, one of the most common causes is actually human error. According to the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmarking Survery2, 43,5% of disasters are caused by human error.
And that is not to forget about the role that employees play in data breaches and other cyber attacks that also cause downtime. In fact, according to research conducted by the Ponemon
Institute3, human error was the biggest cause of data breaches in the UK. As an overarching strategy, business continuity includes a number of aspects, such as disaster

As an overarching strategy, business continuity includes a number of aspects, such as disaster
recovery (DR), site recovery and back up