The Difference Between Backup and Disaster Recovery

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You often hear the terms ‘backup’ and ‘disaster recovery’ paired together.   It’s no surprise that they can be confused with one another.  In this blog post, we take a look at what sets them apart.   In a recent CIRA survey, it was reported that in 2018, 40% of Canadian organizations had experienced a cyber-attack.  The most significant impact of those attacks?  The amount of resource it took to respond to these incidents and the cost to organizations when ill-prepared.

Backing up data is not the same as knowing how to recover it quickly, in the event of a disaster.

Backup simply refers to the process of making copies of data or data files to use in the event the original data or data files are lost or destroyed.  However, there is a lot of planning that goes into creating a solid backup plan. The most common types of backup are full backup, incremental, and differential backup.  Additionally, you must decide on where the data will be stored, what applications are to be backed up and how this data will be secure. There’s a lot of work that goes into complete backup plan.

So how does this differ from Disaster Recovery (DR) exactly?

Disaster Recovery (DR) is a comprehensive set of procedures which enable your organization to focus on protection from significant disasters. Typically, these could be incidents such as a cyberattack or device failure.  A solid DR plan allows you to get back into business quickly, reducing downtime and extra resource cost.  Remember that critical data that you backed up? This DR plan allows you to determine exactly how to recover it and get it working for your business again, as quickly as possible.

Don’t wait until your first disaster to build your DR plan

Many organizations contact us after a negative event has affected their critical data. Often, they don’t realize that only having an offsite back up solution is not enough to be fully prepared for a disaster scenario.  Without a proper DR plan in place there are often many elements of a successful recovery that are overlooked, causing the process to become more frantic and take much longer than it should. -Cory Mac Donell, Director of Professional Services & Business Development, HostedBizz

How Current is your Disaster Recovery Plan?

As your business changes, so do your DR needs.  It’s good practice to perform a thorough DR audit at least every six months.  HostedBizz offers a suite of  Disaster Recovery Solutions that will enable your business to quickly get back up in running in the event of a disaster.  Whether you’re implementing a new backup and recovery strategy, or reviewing your existing plan – we can help.

Hope this post has helped you identify the difference between Backup and Disaster Recovery – if you need any further clarification, then get in touch!

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