Business Continuity Planning Whitepaper
February 9, 2011 2 Comments
If you had asked people to name some business buzzwords, Business Continuity Planning (BCP) would have rated as high as synergy, empowerment and paradigm shift on September 10th, 2001. The attack on the Twin towers and the subsequent destruction elevated Business Continuity Planning from a business buzzword to a pressing necessity overnight. TowerGroup, a research and advisory firm estimated the cost to replace technology after the September 11 attacks at $3.2 billion which included hardware, software and services1. Due to such high costs of recovery after a disaster, about one in five organizations never recover from a disaster and go out of business. Most businesses consider only natural disasters and terrorism as threats and dismiss them as highly improbable. On the contrary, surveys conducted by Forrester2 indicated that power failures, IT hardware failures and network failures account for 42%, 31% and 21% of business disruptions respectively. Terrorism was responsible only for 4% of disruptions and tornadoes and earthquakes came much lower on the list at 2% and 1% respectively.
Almost all businesses maintain some form of documentation in file systems, on network shares or on in a document management repository like SharePoint. SharePoint’s strengths in document management and collaboration make it an ideal platform for sharing disaster recovery documents, emergency procedures and disseminating critical information throughout the organization. With an increasing number of users depending on SharePoint for performing their day to day jobs, business continuity planning for SharePoint becomes critical.
In this whitepaper, we will explore the challenges and the steps to plan for business continuity for SharePoint. We will also explore some software solutions available from Microsoft that will help recover your SharePoint environment in case of a disaster.