Distinguishing Backup from Disaster Recovery and why you need more than backup

The theme for the next few weeks will focus on disaster recovery for the hybrid cloud era. Organizations relying on traditional disaster recovery strategies such as secondary data centers for backup sites, for backup pass up additional services and the convenience associated with hybrid cloud-based disaster recovery. The cloud era has been a game changer. Traditional disaster recovery can indeed hold companies back unless they’re willing to adopt and adapt.

Backup is not disaster recovery

It’s a common misconception that backup and disaster recovery are the same thing. The two certainly work together, but it’s important to understand that backup is not disaster recovery and vice versa. Furthermore, disaster recovery should be an essential part of an organization’s IT strategy; even more so as security breaches and network outages increase with the accompanying increase in the cost of downtime. When decisionmakers are in the infant stages of planning their disaster recover strategy, they often mistake what constitutes a disaster recovery plan (DRP). Often, they confuse a DRP with data backup and assume the latter is a sufficient precaution when disaster strikes.  Below, we distinguish between backup and disaster recovery and provide quick definitions for both.

Distinguishing backup from disaster recovery

Backup is when your data is “corrupted or lost and you need to restore your data or infrastructure to the original location or a new location”. Your data can be situated on and backed up to a tape drive, separate storage in your data center, or even a completely different geographical location.

Disaster recovery entails running your sites, servers, or applications in a secondary datacenter in the event of a catastrophic failure. This entails having a plan and a technical solution to ensure that the core components of your business continue functions should a disaster strike.

Technopedia explains that: “Disaster recovery planning is just part of business continuity planning and applied to aspects of an organization that rely on an IT infrastructure to function. The overall idea is to develop a plan that will allow the IT department to recover enough data and system functionality to allow a business or organization to operate – even possibly at a minimal level.”

Why you need more than backup

The purpose of backup is to protect and restore data at a granular level. This means that if, for example, files become corrupted, you can restore these files from the backup. However, if you want to replicate data, configuration, and applications in the event of a disaster, you would need a disaster recovery plan.

Although backup and disaster recovery are related insofar as they both backup and restore data, they serve different purposes. Both services are important as backup keeps your data safe and recoverable and disaster recovery keeps your workloads available when disaster strikes.

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