Data loss has the potential to deal a death blow to your business. Whether that loss is caused by human error, hardware failure, theft, infection, or even a natural disaster, if you don’t have measures in place to get your data back and restore operations quickly, even a minor crisis can be impossible to recover.
Business Continuity planning can help your business prepare for and bounce back from any disaster, so long as it includes redundancies. Backing up essential data and applications should be second nature by now, both at the office and at home. But with so many data backup and storage options to choose from, selecting the right option to handle the right scenario is just as important as having those measures in place, to begin with.
Misconceptions about how these options work and the purpose they serve can make coming to the right decision challenging. One of the biggest points of confusion lies in the difference between data backups, and data replication. On the surface, they seem almost identical. But relying on one to do the job of the other could mean losing the data you’re trying to protect.
Let’s quickly compare the two.
So why aren’t these options interchangeable?
Data backups – even backups done using a cloud-based or hosted server – can’t guarantee the same level of continuity as replication. You’ll still face downtime if you need to use your backups. And because replication creates instant copies of your data, if those files are corrupted or erased, the damage will have spread to each replicated server by the time you realize something is wrong. This means that you’ll have nothing to restore from once the onsite issue has been fixed.
Both data backups and data replication have their strengths and weaknesses. But when combined, they provide the ultimate Business Continuity plan. Building one of these plans for your business starts with having your current infrastructure evaluated by experts who understand how both of these options work, and how best to make them work for you.
The network security experts at Intivix have firsthand experience implementing and maintaining both backup data solutions and data replication solutions, as individual measures or as a hybrid solution. We provide ongoing support for your Business Continuity plan, and our engineers will be there to get you back on your feet should that plan need to be put into action.