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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. 


Topics: Security and Compliance, Data Management

Graham Stead

Written by Graham Stead

Graham joined CMI following the acquisition of his previous business in 2016, having successfully run that for business for 20 years. Graham's absolute focus is on making sure that we consistently hold our clients central to everything that we do, and is often heard repeating our mantra "we exist to make a significant positive impact on our clients business". Graham and his team work closely with our clients to educate, inform, and ultimately to provide technology that delivers that positive impact. Outside of the office, he is a huge supporter of Bone Cancer Research Trust and has raised over £130,000 for them in recent years.

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