The difference between data backup and disaster recovery

Every business should be backing up its data in case of a problem with a computer system or something worse comes along. However, a data backup on its own doesn’t mean that your business has a disaster recovery plan.

Data backup simply means that you make a copy of your data on another device or location. This could mean that you create a copy of data on an external hard drive, a cloud backup service or even a USB stick.

Data backup is important to your business as it provides an easy way to recover your files quickly and easily.

However, if for example your computer’s hard drive failed, you’d need more than just a data backup to allow you to get the system up a running again. Your hard drive would need to be replaced and your operating system and any software you use would have to reinstalled before restoring your data from your backup device or service.

The whole process of restoring your system in this way could take days to complete and that’s only if you have access all the software licenses and your data backup.

Given that all the time you are without your computer is important to the day-to-day running of your business it is worth implementing an IT disaster recovery plan.

A disaster recovery plan is looks at a number of questions including:

  • Do you have data backups?
  • Are your data backups automatically and regularly carried out?
  • Are your data backup files current enough?
  • What data is most critical to the operation of your business?
  • Could you restore your backup files on a new computer?
  • Do you have copies of the software you use on your computer?

Your IT disaster recovery plan should also look at how you can recover your business IT systems in different scenarios and minimise downtime and loss of productivity.

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