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21st Century Disaster Recovery Planning: Bounce Forward, Not Back

In today’s hyper-competitive markets, businesses of all sizes face daunting competition.  Public sector organizations deal with stakeholders whose expectations are high and continue to rise.  Customers everywhere are intolerant of downtime and will punish organizations for failing to deliver on their promises.  In this type of operating environment, organizations must raise their game to succeed.  Opportunities to improve must be found in every part of a forward-looking organization’s structure.

Traditional disaster recovery and business continuity planning methods assume that following a disaster, infrastructure will be restored to the state it was at prior to the disruption.  This model limits the risk of an unsuccessful recovery as much as possible and provides the fastest route to getting the affected organization back in business.  This paper will argue that traditional disaster recovery and business continuity planning methods, by seeking to return an organization’s infrastructure to the exact place it existed prior to the outage, are missing an opportunity.  By keeping recovery strategies tightly aligned with planned infrastructure improvements and carefully managing risk, organizations can “recovery forward” rather than merely returning to the status quo.


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