New Terms in the Disaster Recovery Space or Just New Names for Old Concepts?

New Terms in the Disaster Recovery Space or Just New Names for Old Concepts?

November 24

There are a few new terms floating around the business continuity and disaster recovery space.

I will go over a few of them in this article. However, some of the “new” terms may actually be regurgitated terms given flashy new names, so says Jeff Heisner, a disaster recovery and business continuity management consultant.

One of the more recent terms is “Managed Availability,” talked a lot about with regard to Microsoft last year when it introduced the concept in Exchange Server 2013. Paul Robichaux wrote in an article for WindowsITPro, that it was “an automated system of health monitoring that would watch critical components of your Exchange infrastructure and automatically take corrective action to fix problems as they occurred.” If you are interested, he goes into quite a bit of direction on how it works and how to manage it.

Another term we’ve seen lately is “Managed Failover.” This one was pretty interesting as it even had Gartner experts wondering if it spelled the end of disaster recovery. Though there are a lot of references to this by MegaPath last year, which launched their version, which helps select the best backup service, I did find a reference to this term from 2007.

During his 26 years in the industry, Heisner said the three segments — emergency management, business continuity, and disaster recovery were kept pretty separated.

But over the past eight years, those terms have gradually become linked together, he said.

Heisner explains that emergency management addresses the life-saving issues of business’ buildings, facilities, or site. Business continuity worries about the business itself — functional control and being able to sustain it by making sure everything, well, continues. Disaster recovery is challenged by business continuity to do what is necessary from a software and infrastructure perspective to keep the business running.

“Now they are tied together in one big loop and rely on each other,” he added. “And that has only been strengthening more and more.”

The terminology has changed, Heisner said, but most of it still has a root and a foundation in what was around 26 years ago, perhaps just taking another side of it.

Though the term “business resiliency” may be new, he said it is just what it has always been.

“It is referring to: ‘what is my recovery time objective to getting back being functional?’” Heisner said. “Now it is just being called ‘business recovery.’ It is now about what we can withstand if there is an outage, or what kind of crisis can we stand up to, and how long will it be until I recover from that disaster.”

Another term is “cloud computing.” He said that is one of the catchy names someone came up with for “remote computing.” He told me that both of those terms essentially mean the same thing: linking systems to your computer that are located somewhere else.

We are interested to see if you have also come across any new terms in the business continuity or disaster recovery space. Leave them in the comments, and perhaps there will be a Part 2.

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