12 differences of traditional backup solutions and business continuity

by | Sep 23, 2015 | Business Continuity

There is a big difference between traditional backup solutions and business continuity—one is intelligent. 

Traditional backup methods, such as tape, disk, or online only, are no longer sufficient. In fact, leading edge business owners are finding them unacceptable, due to their inability to recover data quickly and mitigate downtime. Technological innovations have established a comprehensive new standard, Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC).  Only an IBC solution will ensure data protection, data security, instant recovery, mitigate downtime and ensure continuity. Here are the 12 (yes, 12) major differences between traditional backup solutions and business continuity:

12) Traditional backup can take weeks to recover data after a disaster occurs, if the data is even recoverable. However, with IBC downtime after a disaster is reduced to hours, minutes, or even seconds.

11) With traditional backup, there is high risk of failure due to heavy manual administration (58% of downtime is due to human error). Thankfully, with IBC the process is fully automated with very little manual management required.

10) It is difficult to test if a traditional backup is working properly. That said with IBC, there is technology that automatically takes screenshots of each image-based backup, to verify a successful backup.

9) Did you know it is time consuming and expensive to make a copy of, and store, backups in multiple locations? That’s right,   61% of SMBs still ship tapes to an off-site location. Needless to say, that is not the case with today’s business continuity solutions in which each image-based backup is automatically saved in multiple locations for redundancy; within the local appliance as well as secure data centers.

8) Traditional backups are sllloooww, unlike IBC solutions that offer quick and efficient transfer of files to off-site data centers, even with low bandwidth or busy networks.

7) It can be very difficult to prioritize important data, files and applications with traditional backup. However, with better technology, critical data can be prioritized, to be transferred off- site first.

6) Did you know that physical to virtual conversions can be time consuming and have a high failure rate? However, Instant virtualization can occur in mere seconds with IBC, due to both proprietary technology and already saved VMDKs.

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5) I’m sure you know that data and backups are at risk when based in only one location, either local OR in the cloud. So, why do it when you can avoid the risk of downtime from a local disaster with a business continuity solution, as backups are stored in both local device AND secure cloud.

4)  Traditional backup solutions offer limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e., HIPAA, SOX), whereas with IBC, AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption ensures data is safe both at rest and in transit, to meet industry regulations (ie. HIPAA, SOX).

3) Tape failure rates can exceed 50%, while there is minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss with IBC.

2) Have you thought about the potential for theft of loss of media with tapes? That isn’t a concern with IBC as off-site backups are stored in SSAE16 Type II data centers, ensuring security.

1) MONEY! You think you are saving money going with less sophisticated technology. However, that cost-savings is deceiving as there is a high price tag for downtime. As of 2015, the average cost of downtime is estimated to be $163,674 per hour. On the flip side, with Intelligent Business Continuity, you don’t really need to worry about that as the technology is designed to keep businesses up and running no matter what.

So, there you have have it: TWELVE differences between traditional backup solutions and business continuity. What do you want protecting your business? Click for more information about affordable business continuity for your business.

Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!