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Business continuity is both helped and challenged by today’s top tech megatrends

, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organisations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers, says Bob Violino on CSO Online.

But recent technology developments and trends, most notably server and desktop virtualisation, cloud computing, the emergence of mobile devices in the workforce and social networks, are having an impact on how enterprises handle IT business continuity planning and testing. Much of the impact is for the better, experts say, but these trends can also create new challenges for IT, information security and risk management executives.

Top five issues in analysing backup and disaster recovery costs

The backup target: Tape sucks for recovery, but it’s great for archives. For every 20 terabytes of production data with a 2% change and 3% growth rate, and using a traditional backup operation of daily incremental and weekly full backups, you need to manage 110 terabytes of tape media. Therefore, a shop with 100 terabytes would need 550 terabytes of tape (100 x 110 = 550). Your goal should be to include tape as an archive storage tier so you can minimise the need to recover from tape.

How can a small business establish a viable disaster recovery plan?

How can a small business establish a viable disaster recovery plan? And how much of a role should the cloud play in that?

That was the essence of a lively discussion that took place on this forum after Andrew Clark, director at Edinburgh-based Pearl Computer Associates asked: “I need a disaster recovery plan for an SME. Can anyone suggest a structure/ methodology for developing one?”

It depends on what other packages are running, said Raymond France. “A lot of the backup software now come with disaster recovery options built in,” he said.

Plan now for the unexpected

Tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfire, floods, ash clouds… they have all hit the headlines over recent weeks. Which proves it’s always better to expect the unexpected.

No more so than when it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity. While many of these natural disasters do not directly affect the ability of businesses to function, smaller scale upsets can leave a firm floundering.

You can’t protect yourself from every disaster, but you can mitigate potential damage by taking a few up-front steps to ensure your data, at least, remains safe and secure. 

How secure is your data?

Last week two high profile businesses reported serious security breaches. The website of cosmetics firm Lush was hacked resulting in the company having to warn all customers who bought products online as far back as October to check for fraudulent transactions. Immediately 43 customers reported their cards had been used by cyber criminals. (

Then Trapster, a company that allows users to share information on police speed traps, highlighted the importance of not using the same password for multiple online services after it suffered a data security breach from a hacker who is reported to have stolen the details of up to 10 million users.