Backups Are Not Disaster Recovery

Christopher Lentz | December 10, 2014 09:23 AM

Many people believe that simply having a backup strategy is enough to ensure their systems are safe and that they can quickly recover from a disaster. The truth is that even the best backup plan can take hours, if not days, to recover and bring systems back online in a healthy state depending on the breadth of the affected machines. 

The Case for Backups

Backups do provide the ability to recover data and even entire systems through careful planning and tuning. If backups are stored both locally and remotely, it does reduce the time needed to do a restore. Even at its best though, a backup solution is not a viable plan for a business that requires around the clock services and applications for its customers and employees. A backup is a great start for any business, but it is not the end goal.

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Once you have a strong backup plan in place, the next place to venture is to the business continuity and disaster recovery realm. The major advantages for this type of deployment are quick recovery for lost systems, ability to relaunch at new locations in a fraction of the time, and the ability to test systems on the fly to ensure that your backups are really working. Most BC/DR solutions provide a type of sandbox network for you to test the instances you have stored in the DR environment. This allows you to test disaster recovery situations in real time so you can know exactly how long it should take to get back up and running in a live situation.

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