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The difference between business backup, recovery & continuity

Those responsible for protecting your data and ensuring systems are available face a broad and growing range of threats. Combine that with an ever increasing volume of, and reliance on data, the risks of data or system loss occurring have significantly increased. Within the industry we refer to backup, recovery, and continuity, but what does each actually mean and how does each protect your business from data loss or interruption?

Data Backup

BackupSimply means a copy of your data is replicated to another device or location. Tape drives, offsite storage, USB Drives are often used to copy backup to. The problem with backup is that it doesn’t provide you with the ability to recover easily. You may need to buy new hardware and have all of the software re-installed before you can start to restore your backup data. This could take days to complete and unless you’ve regularly tested this process, you can’t be sure it will work.


Business Recovery

RecoveryProvides the ability to ‘recover’ a failed system entirely and with confidence. Regular ‘snapshots’ of the entire system including operating system, application software, and data are taken throughout the day. Recovery of a point in time snapshot can be invoked when needed. Recovery services will typically come with a guarantee that the failed systems can be made available within a matter of hours.


Business Continuity

ContinuityDramatically reduces the time taken to recover a failed system to a matter of minutes and backed with an improved service level. The downtime experienced with a continuity service is so minimal that you can effectively view systems as continuously available.


Get in touch with the CMI team today if you are worried about your ability to recover from data loss or interruption. 


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Graham Stead

Graham Stead is Client Relationship Director at CMI Limited, and has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. Starting his IT career as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard, Graham later started his own business which he sold to CMI in 2016. As Client Relationship Director, Graham is responsible at CMI for ensuring our clients receive expert commercial IT advice that a modern business demands.