Re: Bit OT : diff bet'n business continuity and high availability

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 12:48:17 +0000
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I'd handle this using the following rough definitions

Business Continuity is about ensuring that the business itself is able to survive unexpected or catastrophic events. It therefore covers the entire gamut of business operations (what do you do when you've lost half your executive board, how do you cope when your staff can't get into work, how do you deal with the loss of manufacturing capability at a major site and so on).

High Availability is largely about ensuring that business systems are as near as possible "always on" and is therefore mostly a technology question.

HA *can* be a business decision taken by the IT function, BC *never* can be

On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM, _JP_ <> wrote:

> List,
> (Sorry for this bit OT discussion. Would stop such posts
> in future ... if it is not acceptable on this list)
> I was asked (in an interview sometime back): about the difference
> bet'n high availability solution and business continuity solution.
> For me - both sound similar except - BCS is from business
> perspective and HAS is from technical perspective.
> Is that right ? How would you guys have handled this question ?
> Thoughts ?!!
> ~ jp ~
> <>

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA

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