The Difference Between Disaster Recovery And Backups

by TechBldrs on August 25, 2022 in

Data Backups Vs. Disaster Recoveries

Data backups provide copies of your essential files, allowing for a full restore. This process may sound very straightforward but it can be quite complicated. First, there are several storage systems you can choose from to manage your backups, including remote backup, online backup, offsite backup, differential backup, cloud backup, and more. Using a variety of data backup methods can be incredibly valuable. In addition to different backup options, the process used to create the backups can vary. 

In the end, the data backup solution you choose is only helpful if you and your employees understand the strategy behind it. 

That’s where a disaster recovery plan comes in. 

At TechBldrs, we can help you create a disaster recovery plan that will include important data backup options, and how to access business data in the event of a disaster. 

The Recovery Process After a Major Incident 

While you may have a specific data backup strategy, responding to a disaster means you must prepare for the worst. During a disaster, who will be in charge of getting the applications back online? If there’s a data breach, how will you manage customer relations? 

Disaster recovery plans allow you to bypass a failing primary environment and utilize an alternative virtual environment to run your company during an unexpected event. Data backup can provide fast access to restoring files, but it doesn't provide a way to access those files if your primary environment has been interrupted due to a natural disaster, breach, or attack. 

When you create a recovery strategy, you must also create a verification and testing protocol, align your disaster recovery strategy with your backup policy, and determine application priority. 

Why Backup Solution Strategies are Important 

70% of companies have or will experience data loss that’s due to fire, viruses, system failure, deletion, or another type of disaster. Backing up important data and critical applications makes sense. Critical data and applications should be backed up more often than less essential data. 

However, it’s important to have a strategy behind how and what you choose to backup your data.

The data backup process and recovery plans are about solution versus strategy. The disaster recovery process is very strategic and is dependent on completing a business impact analysis and risk assessment that will allow the IT experts at TechBldrs to identify critical IT services and applications. 

Recovery Time and Recovery Objectives 

Next, recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives must be created based on a company’s unique work environment. After these steps have been completed, the process of developing a disaster recovery plan can begin.

Leveraging the Difference Between Data Backups and Disaster Recovery Solutions  

While the difference between data backups and disaster recovery plans is clear, the next part of the process involves leveraging those differences to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that will include response protocols, disaster prevention strategies, and a backup policy. 

Keep in mind, 50% of companies without a disaster recovery plan will fail because they were unprepared. Preparing for the worst by creating a disaster recovery plan before disaster strikes will give your company the best chance of successfully recovering after a disaster.

The team at TechBldrs can help by providing critical assessments, designing and managing your disaster recovery plan, identifying any technical issues, and monitoring systems for both external and internal disaster events. 

Benefits of Disaster Recovery and Backup Plans for Your Business 

Companies without any disaster recovery options who suffer major disasters are typically out of business within twelve months. 

Fortunately, there are many ways a recovery plan can protect your company in the event of a disaster, including: 

  • Improved security is one of the most important aspects of disaster recovery plans and data backup. As your IT systems grow, the number of threats increases. Maintaining a disaster recovery plan and backup solution that includes strong security is crucial when looking to save and protect company data. 
  • If you need to create a disaster recovery plan that will protect your business and ensure it's up and running as quickly as possible, the team at TechBldrs has got you covered. When it comes to restoring lost data after an event, it can be a time-sensitive and stressful process. 
  • With the team at TechBldrs monitoring and managing your systems, we can take immediate action in the event of a disaster, breach, or cyberattack and restore business operations with minimal downtime. 
  • With a complete disaster recovery plan in place, you'll have fast access to your data. IT experts from TechBldrs can help you easily retrieve information and files within minutes. 

Disaster Recovery Solutions By TechBldrs 

If your company doesn't have a disaster recovery plan, and/or you’re concerned about your data backup methods, contact the IT experts at TechBldrs today to schedule a consultation. We can meet with you to discuss your needs and work closely with you to create a disaster recovery plan that’s specifically tailored to your growing business. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.