Bare metal backup is more important than a saving application data

by Mar 18, 2014Business Continuity

Bare metal backup can restore the complete OS

Sometimes you wonder if too much technical know-how is detrimental to the decision-making process. You’ve always admired a business associate’s knack for solving a lot of his own company’s computer problems, though you question just how far he’ll go in his quest for DIY solutions.

To wit, you asked him why he just purchased a number of external hard drives for his key PC stations, given today’s choices in cloud storage and hosting services.

“I’m making sure key application data is backed up,” he instructed me. “I’ve read a lot about bare metal recovery, and decided I can build my own storage network on-premise.”

Then I politely explained how he might be able to save certain data, what’s accomplished in a bare metal backup scenario is the saving of the actually application, not just the data; too, it allows the saving of a complete operating system (OS).

What’s more, the OS can be bootable from a CD, or server in the network.

“But I’ve just upgraded everything to Windows 8. Can I do a bare-metal recovery without all this external hardware?”

Yes, indeed, because Microsoft made sure with its upgrade to “8” to that back-metal recovery is possible. In fact, they made changes to their Windows Server 2008 line to not only offer it, but also recoveries can be made to a Hyper-V machine.

In short, you re-affirmed with him that regardless of what OS he was running, and thanks to virtualization, it was possible to restore to a totally different hardware setup.

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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.

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