What is the different between data backup and disaster recovery?
We get this question a lot from clients looking to find the balance between their budget requirements and making sure they can access their data and technology whenever they need it.
Data backup is a necessity. Non-optional. Every businesses must have it. Data backup regularly saves your data to a secure OFFSITE location and brings it back to you when you need it. It is imperative that things like customer information and transactional data is fully protected. The risk in loosing that type of valuable data is too great to not have some kind of data backup in place. It is also essential that backups are tested regularly to ensure the data is recoverable.
Backup protects your data in case of hacking and theft (a single laptop to office break-ins), employee accidents (deletion of an important file), or a technical issues (crashed hard drive). With this protection, you can access a copy of your data and restore it easily.
However, data backup is simply not a comprehensive information and application recovery solution. While backup is generally inexpensive and convenient, it does not ensure quick recovery when a disaster occurs – it only ensures that the data is stored somewhere and can be accessed – eventually.
Disaster recovery is a more robust way to protect not only your data, but your entire IT environment — data, applications, networks, communications. Disaster recovery basically mirrors your entire technology system and allows data and applications to be restored within a very short time frame, possibly even just minutes. Disaster recovery provides you with a temporary environment where, on top of loading all of your data, you can still run and rebuild your whole IT service until your main one is back up and running.
Don’t get caught up on the term “disaster” and believe it has to be major incident like a power outage, fire, flood or earthquake. A disaster can anything that causes your systems to be unaccessible — most likely, in today’s highly-charged cybercrime environment, it will be a hacking incident. With a disaster recovery plan your systems will be up an running and your business can stay productive.
It should not take a disaster to compel your business to evaluate its business continuity and response strategy. One should be in place long before disaster strikes.
Even an hour of downtime can result in significant loss of productivity that will negatively impact you business’ revenue. Time is of the essence when it comes to disasters of any size, and disaster recovery is the quickest and most effective way to get your business back on track.
Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 to determine which type of disaster recovery is best for your needs and budget.