What Are the Differences Between Backups, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity?

Most of the people we talk to  believe “Data Backup” is synonymous with “Disaster Recovery” and aren’t really even sure what “Business Continuity” means.  Not knowing the difference could ultimately make a business pay the price when their data is lost, network goes down or a disaster keeps them from accessing their physical office.  While having a data backup strategy is important, it is very different then having a disaster recovery strategy and not even close to being business continuity.  So, what are the differences you ask.  Just take a look over to the right and we will explain.



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  • Data Backup

    Data backup simply means a copy of your data is replicated to another device or location.  Examples are tape drive, the cloud or offsite, and even a USB device.  Data backups are normally performed on a daily basis, at a single location, for the purpose of restoring files or entire systems.

  • Disaster Recovery

    Disaster recovery is the process of having a data backup with the sole purpose of being able to recover it in the event of a disaster.  Disaster recovery must have its data backup sets in a secondary location, away from the primary location.  Example, if a disaster hits your business and your backup is at the same location, then you have no means to recover that data.

  • Business Continuity

    Business continuity is the ability for you business to continue to operate even after serious incidents or major disasters within a reasonably short period.  Typically, business continuity is a combination of hardware and software technologies that keep mirror copies of data in two different locations at the same time.   This enables a business to have their data accessible from the secondary source in the event of some type of failure.   This could range from a software application going down to an entire location going down.