Back up vs. Disaster Recovery


We all know that we should be doing backups and getting them safely offsite in the event of a fire. But it’s amazing how many companies presume that because a tape pops out or a software message pops up on a screen that they have a full Disaster Recovery Plan in place. Most small businesses in fact do not understand the difference between a backup and disaster recovery.

What is a backup?

In simple terms a backup is the action whereby you copy all your files onto another disk or tape. You could even push your files up into the cloud. It’s really important to have a good backup in place. It will protect your business in the event of a fire or a break in. With a full backup of your systems you can recover all your companies data in the event of losing your systems for whatever reason.

What is Disaster Recovery?

A Disaster Recovery is what it says – something really bad happens to your business and you are able to recover. If you had a fire or flood you should have an offsite copy of your data that you can access. These backups should contain mirror images of your servers. With all of this in place you will be able to recover faster and not have to wait for lots of data to be copied. But you really need to test your backups on a regular basis. You need to get your IT Supplier to takes your images and test your DR strategy. It may seem like an unnecessary expense but when disaster strikes it will look like money well spent.

What’s the difference between a Backup and Disaster recovery?

It’s simple a backup is the data that you need to recover and Disaster recovery is a plan to recover.

  • What will you recover onto if you lose hardware?
  • Where will you get the replacement kit?
  • How long can you take to recover?
  • How much does it cost you to be without your system per day?

In very simple terms you need not only a copy of your date but also a plan to recover