Business Continuity involves keeping many things in equilibrium. Some of these things are intangible things like thoughts, and data floating through space, while some are tangible. These include your employees, their hardware, the building they work in, and so on. Preparing for disaster is not a simple task, especially when working with many types of cogs that must fit perfectly to keep the business machine alive, even in the face of digital or physical threats. Business Continuity takes vigilant planning and understanding of the tiers on which your business proudly stands.
The physical, the mental, and the virtual must all unify neatly to work through issues that arise within a company. Virtualized computers must have a physical location somewhere, just as the ideas that are spread to fellow employees must have originally been inside someone’s mind. Computers can talk to each other the same as employees to each other. Virtual machines can be made into physical machines and vice versa. Google’s Project Glass, among other endeavors, has presented us with computers that can be worn like eyeglasses. The physical realm is learning to incorporate the virtual realm very quickly and the close intimate interaction with computers is comparable to that of a kitten curled on top of your lap (think of the way we “pet” our tablets).
Physical, virtual, and mental compose the new trifecta of modern American life, and more than likely, your business. As such, we need to look at our business continuity plan as both physical and digital. Virtualized machines need a physical location, and must be backed up to a physical location to protect their data. While it seems so simple to send your data out of sight to the cloud, it is important to remember that data will live in a data center, another physical location. The line might be blurry, but the fact is the best plan incorporates digital and physical, and prepares for both types of threats.
Where does the mental tier come in? Well, without mentally analyzing, planning and understanding both the tangible and intangible, your business continuity plan won’t exist to begin with. In order to understand what your hardware, software and employee needs are, you’ve got to take time to think about it.