Image based backup – why it is better than file backup?

by | Sep 5, 2014 | Business Continuity

Image based backup can save time, money and headaches

Most people have heard about file backup. You select the files you wish to backup and then save them to a CD, second hard drive or to an external hard drive. Sometimes it’s run on a schedule and other times it’s used to backup a single file.

While using the common file backup method is fast and relatively inexpensive, it can have its own drawbacks. When something disastrous happens to your drive you want to make sure that you can get up and running again. File backup can get you back on track but you carry the risk of accidentally forgetting to backup potentially important files, and you have to reinstall programs and applications.

The other downside is that putting all the bits and pieces back together this way is time intensive. These three things alone could wind up costing you a lot time and time is money. In fact, system downtime can wind up costing a business thousands of dollars. The best alternative to file backup is image based backup. Image based backup can cost a bit more and requires more space to be stored, but it is more efficient at getting you back on track. It only takes a matter of minutes to get everything back as the backups are stored on separate backup appliance when using this method, as opposed to the hours, days or weeks, it can take with the usual file backup method.

If you are using a Windows based computer you can even use software to run the image based backup in the background with your computer. The backup appliance runs with minimal impact to the physical server. One of the greatest advantages of the image based backup method is that the image backup makes a copy of everything. Image based backup is a process that takes a snapshot of your entire hard drive, this way you don’t miss anything. Though this can be more time consuming to save initially, it means that once you run the backup you don’t have to worry about reinstalling your programs or applications. We all know that having to reinstall programs can be a long and frustrating process. And this is exactly why image backup is so great, it saves you time, it saves you money, and it can save you a headache or two.

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You could even take it one step further and combine both backup methods. You can not only restore the files, folders or exchange mailbox and share point databases but also can restore the full systems with our backup systems. While image backup is faster at getting you running again in the event of a catastrophe, and a single file backups can be used to replace or repair individual files which have been lost or corrupted. All you have to do is copy the desired file, replace it and continue on with your day. Having image based backup as your go to solution can give you peace of mind knowing that if disaster strikes, you will be fully operational again in no time.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.