Why image backup technology is so impressive (and necessary)

by Sep 9, 2014Business Continuity

An Image Backup Solution Will Save Time and Headaches

When thinking about computer backups and system restoration, it is best to be prepared for the absolutely worst case scenarios because they actually do occur. For example, what if your courier carrying the backup tapes from the off-site storage facility gets in a bad traffic accident and all of the backups get destroyed? What if you find out, too late, that your backups only run on an obsolete system that doesn’t exist anymore? What if your disaster recovery site gets hit by lightning and burns to the ground?

Traditional file-based backup saves copies of the data. This type of backup works reasonably well, especially if only pieces of the system need to be restored. For example, if a user loses a few files, these can easily be found on the backups and replaced. However, if the entire system goes down, file-based backup can be a big headache. Usually the entire system will need to be re-built from scratch, and then have the data loaded onto it. This takes time, and every minute your company isn’t able to operate means you are losing money, losing customers, and paying employees to sit around and wait.

Image-based backup takes a “snapshot” of the entire system every time it backs it up. Not just the data, but the operating system, the system state, and the application configurations. Each “snapshot” is called an image, and the image is stored in case it is needed. The entire system can, if necessary, be restored in one quick step from the backed-up image.

Another feature of image-based backup is the ease of upgrading your computer system. Since the entire system is stored in the backup, in order to perform an upgrade the backup can just be loaded onto the new hardware. No disruptions in workflow necessary.

Image-based backups can be used with both real and virtual operating systems, and can be backed up into the cloud or onto special servers. Most image-based systems use deduplication and compression to reduce storage space needs.

We offer an assortment of image backup systems designed to meet the needs of small businesses.

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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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