Navigating Traditional Backup vs Business Continuity

by | Jun 1, 2015 | Business Continuity

How to decide between traditional backup vs business continuity?

Deciding between traditional backup vs business continuity? Tradition is a weighty factor in making decisions – many times it’s just easier and safer to stick with what you know. But in the computer world tradition often equates with obsolescence for a reason; technology is advancing exponentially as evidenced by the time it took for computer memory to move from measurement in bytes to terabytes and beyond. Software has moved from tape through disk and download to cloud storage. Data moves in seconds, virtual desktops beam down from the cloud, business phone networks find savings and efficiency in VoIP.

Evolution of Technology in Business

Technology revolves around business needs – to produce, manage, move, store, and save data – and an excellent example of this is the innovative Intelligent Business Continuity. When comparing Traditional backup vs Business Continuity we examine the facts.  The trend is evident – to aid efficiency, provide savings, streamline business management, and protect your data. The last bastion may well be that of backing up your data. The logistics of in-house traditional backups are multiple; the more data you have to back up the more time it takes, the more tapes, disks, or hard drives, the greater server and power surge protection maintenance, the more staffing and IT work. Most businesses back up on a daily schedule, with conviction rather than certainty that the backup is functioning properly even though human error accounts for 60% of on-site disasters. This also translates to human error accounting for backup failure. Most businesses can’t afford the time consumption of making multiple backup copies for storage in multiple locations. When a disaster occurs is the worst time to find out that your only backups were lost along with your network, or are not recoverable after weeks of work. Tape failure rates exceed 50% in data recovery, yet businesses still gamble unknowingly with their business information. The potential for theft or loss of physically stored media is significant. The limited options for encrypting data leave your data only lightly protected.

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Setting a New Standard in Data Collection and Protection

Intelligent Business Continuity solves your backup issues with an entirely new standard of data storage; it goes above and beyond protecting your data to deliver automated assurance (relieving human error from the equation), continuous protection (getting away from scheduled time-consuming daily backups), secured storage in the cloud safe from theft with AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption, and instant recovery when needed. In fact, not only does it provide instant recovery, it offers incremental backups with instant virtualization, rather than requiring you to go through the entire backup chain. Should disaster strike, your business can continue doing business by running off the server cloud. Your backups are safe in multiple locations, the backups are automatic with very little management required. Business Continuity provides savings, in time of recovery, reduced downtime in times of disaster, lowered maintenance, staffing, and minimal risk of data corruption or loss.

Let me ask again, when weighing in on traditional backups versus business continuity; which solution is the right one for you? If you want to know more about Business Continuity and what it can do for you, please contact us; we’re here to help protect your data.


Datto Factsheet, Datto, Inc. Traditional Backup vs. Intelligent Business Continuity, 2013.

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.