Understanding the Difference

Even in recent years, the most cost-efficient data restoration mechanism available for small and medium-sized businesses, was simply to ensure they maintained regular data backups. This was not necessarily ideal since any restored data came from a previous point in time, and the restoration process to recover data was potentially quite lengthy. This meant a business could be down perhaps even for several days, and any data that was recovered was even older. In this post, we will point out the differences between data backups and data replication and how data replication can now outperform traditional data backups in key areas.

Data Backups 

A traditional data backup is essentially a complete snapshot of a company’s data at one given point in time. While there certainly is value in maintaining a regular complete copy of all corporate data, traditional data backups have some less than ideal aspects. As more and more businesses rely on their data to efficiently run their business, even losing a few hours worth of data can be quite catastrophic, making the less than ideal aspects of traditional backups even more glaring.

In the past, the best a small or medium-sized company could hope for in the event of data loss, was to restore their last backup. After the restoration process they relied on manual entrance of their business data to bring them to the point just prior to system failure. This entire process was time-consuming and prone to error.

Data Replication

Up until fairly recently, maintaining a near mirror replication of company data in a remote location was affordable only for enterprise level organizations. Now with cloud-based replication, the costs associated with maintaining a cloud-based, real-time copy of all corporate data is becoming realistically affordable for even smaller businesses. With cloud-based replication, in the event of a system failure, even small companies can have a fresh, up-to-date copy of corporate data available to them within minutes.

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