Aberdeen recently conducted a survey of IT professionals focused on the plans and processes that organizations adopt for continued business operations and recovery in case of a disaster. Business continuance (BC) plans, processes, and technologies are combined with an organization's capabilities to ensure maximum uptime of critical applications.

Business continuance and disaster recovery (DR) are often thought of as the same discipline, yet they are not. BC plans are put in place to allow a company to carry on normal business operations, whereas DR plans are the actions that are performed when BC and high availability plans did not work or were never put in place.