The Difference Between Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

Whether your company is big or small, it is really required and totally recommended that you backup all of your data on a regular basis. It is imperative that things like customer information and transactional data is fully protected. Not only is losing the data a complete disaster in itself, but being unable to get it restored in a timely fashion may have even more disastrous consequences. So, the question is, do you go with data backup or disaster recovery? You can’t really make that decision until you know what the key differences are between the two.

Data Backup

Data backup is definitely the simpler way to go. If all you really care to do is bring back your data in the event that you lose it, then data backup is just fine. Data backup basically just gives you the ability to retrieve your lost data and load it back into your systems to get your IT service back on track. Data backup periodically saves your data to a secure location and brings it back to you when you need it. This is usually done through another computer, tape backup, or cloud. Reasons that you may need this type of protection include theft or break-ins, employee accidents, or a technical issue like a crashed hard drive. In the event of one of these issues, data backup can easily restore your lost data.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is a much more complex way to protect your data, but don’t be fooled by the name. Just because it has the word disaster in its name doesn’t mean that it is only used in major disasters. It works similarly to data backup, just in larger cases. Not only does it protect your data but it protects your entire computing environment, including applications, networks, and all systems. If your main environment is unavailable you can still access everything. 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. You can look at it as a complementary lender until your primary one is fixed.

Which One is the Better Choice?

Data backup is great, but you’re much better off upgrading to disaster recovery so that you have the fullest and best protection that there is for your business. 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. Disaster recovery basically mirrors your whole system and gets your data restored within a very short time frame, possibly even just minutes.


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