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Back up, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. What is the Difference?

Back up, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. What is the Difference?

Back up, disaster recovery and business continuity

If you think the terms data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity are interchangeable, you are not alone. Whilst Cloud computing services will address both business continuity and disaster recovery, you must have a fundamental understanding of the differences to do effective planning.

Not knowing the difference may lead to you paying the price when data is lost, the network is down or a disaster prevents you from accessing your server.

Back up is simply a copy of your data saved on another device or in an external location, e.g. tape drive, external hard drive, offsite, or via a cloud back up service.

Data backups are important and there are obvious pros and cons to each method. However, the most important thing to consider is how quickly and easily you can recover all your files, applications and functionality without corruption in the event of a disaster. For example, if a server were to go down in your office but your back-ups were stored on an external hard drive, you could get back up and running but it would involve replacing the server, reinstalling all your software, re-uploading all the data and configuring the entire system. This could take days – leaving you without the ability to run your business.

So what is business continuity? This is the ability for your business to continue operations after a major disaster, e.g. if your office were to be destroyed in a fire and all your files were stored on servers within the office you would likely go out of business. However, if your business was on the cloud, all your employees could continue working from home – giving you business continuity.

All three go hand in hand; robust backups and disaster recovery are essential elements of good business continuity. This is especially important in a day and age where data and applications are the foundations of a business’ operations.

Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

All of our cloud services come with disaster recovery and business continuity in mind and backups are managed and maintained on your behalf. We help you to implement a robust emergency planning procedure. Should disaster strike it will not affect your business.

Speak to a member of our team today by calling 0800 023 9061 or email questions@itfarm.co.uk

How to Develop a Backup & Data Recovery Plan for a Professional Services Business

Dr James Huntington Managing Director

James is the Founder and Managing Director at IT Farm. His background in Computer Science help lay the foundation for IT Farm to become one of the UK's first Cloud Computing Companies.

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