Our Head of Operations explains why you may want both

You may have invested in a disaster recovery solution for your business but have you ever wondered whether you need a backup solution also? It can be hard to distinguish the difference between the two services, with them seeming to merge somewhere in the middle. Plan B’s Head of Operations clarifies why you could be wise to have both.

Why have backup in addition to disaster recovery?

If you have opted for a disaster recovery solution, you probably will have done so to ensure that your IT systems are back up and running quickly following an outage – whether this be a hardware/software failure, cyber attack or fire/flood. A disaster recovery service is there to get your users productive again- so that they have full use of the infrastructure, applications and data required to fulfil their job role- in the shortest time possible. The time taken to return to service depends on how much of the recovery process is pre-prepared in advance, as opposed to how much build and configuration is required post event.

Backup is copies of your data taken at different time periods (determined by you) and stored somewhere in the event that you experience loss of data and may need to restore from your backup data.  It does not offer a recovery service of your systems and applications, which would need to be done prior to your backup data being restored, and therefore requires a recovery strategy. It can, however, offer the following benefits over and above a DR solution:

  1. Historical data archive – useful for if somebody accidentally deletes a file, which a disaster recovery solution won’t identify. This type of data loss can be noticed weeks or months down the line, rather than immediately. DR solutions generally work to recover your most recent data, getting your live system back to how it was just moments before the incident. Ensuring that you have more than a few days’ worth of data backups is wise to enable you to recover lost data due to deletion. This could be just a file, with backup offering fast and easy retrieval.
  2. Cheaper storage– storage costs are significantly cut by storing archives of backup data instead of larger DR systems, bringing your costs down.
  3. A wider range of recovery points offered with backup solutions makes you less susceptible to Malware. With DR, if you replicate a virus which infects your DR system, then you’ll need to revert back to an earlier backup for restoration so as to eliminate the threat completely.
  4. Backups can be stored cost effectively in multiple locations (and separately to your DR systems) to reduce your risk of data loss and increase your data protection.

Plan B works with a range of backup solutions including Veeam, Asigra, Quest, Ashay and others to find the best one for you. Backup and DR solutions are managed via a central portal which enables a single view of your IT resilience solutions, for easier management and better visibility, giving you full control.

To discuss backup with Plan B contact us for a chat.