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The terms backup, disaster recovery and DRaaS are often used interchangeably. But the truth is, they’re three very different — yet equally important — precautions in an effective disaster management plan. So why the confusion? Well, that’s probably due to their shared primary objective: to protect company data in the event of an incapacitating disaster.
But that’s where the similarities end:
Essentially, data backup involves making copies or archiving important files and folders for recovery following a disaster. Best practice is to back-up data once a day to be stored in a single location, but that timeframe depends on your industry. While this type of solution is convenient for restoring documentation to its original source, data backups are of little assistance if your entire IT environment is jeopardised.
When disaster strikes, your data is useless if there is nowhere to restore it to. Disaster recovery (DR) is a failsafe that replicates your entire IT environment and stores it offsite for quick recovery and business continuity. This solution should incorporate all areas of business, including software, security, physical resources and network connectivity. Historically, DR has three classifications:
While backup performs the simpler task of data retention, DR is a comprehensive, fully formed strategy for catastrophe. The following statistics illustrate the fundamental differences between the two:
The health of your business comes down to this one question: are you prepared? When a disaster strikes your IT environment, you want to be in control, not scrambling to make important decisions; you want to minimise downtime and have your business up and running quickly. What you don’t want is to spend large amounts of money on a disaster that could have been prevented, or at the very least mitigated.
Are you prepared? Take our disaster-readiness test to see how you score.
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