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Backup. Disaster Recovery. Business Continuity.

For many IT departments, these terms are often synonymous with backing up to tape or external hard drive. But in truth, that’s just a backup.

If you house backup data at an off-site storage facility, then you have the start of a disaster recovery plan. At this point, most companies feel that if they can put their hands on their data they have a degree of business continuity.

But maintaining business continuity – actually using the data to repair or recover from a problem in a short timeframe – is often an unforeseen impossibility. The penalty for extended downtime starts at lost productivity and revenue, and in extreme cases, ends when the business closes forever.