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The Main Differences between Data Backup and Business Continuity

In this article, I will highlight the main differences between a traditional data backup and restore solution and a business continuity solution.

I will emphasize the major differences based on the most commonly used backup solutions in the SME market versus QBR, the “hybridbusiness continuity solution, which we have been implementing in the small and mid-size market, as a disaster recovery solution.

Let’s begin with a few key definitions and terms.

Traditional Backup and Restore

The traditional data backup and restore is the full set of processes executed by a combination of software programs and hardware platforms to extract a secure copy of systems and data files. The most commonly used commercial backup software in the small and mid-size enterprises, of up to 50 users, is backup on tape drives and storage devices. Certainly there are many open source software and countless hardware platforms to run traditional backup and restore, however I will only make my comparisons with the most used commercial backup software.

Business Continuity Solution

qbr_business_continuityThe business continuity solution I will be using in my comparison is based on the features of QBR, the solution we’ve been implementing in the small and mid-size market to replace the different traditional backup solutions. I have already highlighted most of QBR’s features and characteristics as well as how to find the ultimate business continuity solution in a previous post, so I invite you to read it and comment if you are looking for more information on this topic.

Traditional Backup versus Business Continuity: Comparison Table

Below is a simple comparison table between the features and functions of a traditional backup process and a business continuity solution.

Feature description Traditional Backup Business continuity
On premises deployment Yes Yes
Less than “1 day” to implement and configure in a LAN of 10 servers No Yes
Requires software licences to work Yes Included
Software licenses per agent (i.e. SQL, Exchange, file server) Yes Included
Initial software cost required Yes Included
Yearly software support and maintenance Yes Included
Requires special storage device in order to backup data files to (i.e. SAN, backup tape…) Yes Included
Support for Microsoft Windows O/S platforms Yes Yes
Requires human intervention to take the backup (Tape or drive..) out of the premises on a daily basis Yes No
Backup open files Yes Yes
Backup SQL server Yes Yes
Backup Exchange server Yes Yes
Backup system state and file system Yes Yes
Easy and simple file restore procedure No Yes
Backup of a full physical or virtual machine and turn it into a Virtual machine No Yes
Ability to virtualize the backups based on a user-defined schedule No Yes
Ability to encrypt backups Yes Yes
Ability to verify through a HIR (Hardware independent Restore) that a snapshot of a virtualized backup is successful No Yes
Ability to make a “bare metal restore” of a full machine No Yes
Ability to Export the backup of any backup recovery point to VMware format No Yes
Ability to Export the backup of any backup recovery point to Hyper5 format No Yes
Heavy and hungry for network resources Yes No
Software licenses and hardware are integrated within the solution No Yes
Ability to send backup of VMs offsite No Yes
Ability to synchronize and send data files offsite Yes Yes
Possibility to receive alerts on failure of backups Yes Yes
Simple and easy to understand management user interface, to monitor the device, backups and recovery points No Yes
Ability to swing and turn on a virtualized backup snapshot of a specific recovery point No Yes
Less than “1 hour” of time to recover from a server hardware failure No Yes
Ability to swing a virtualized backup recovery point from the cloud No Yes
Hardware support covered No Yes
Software support covered No Yes
One-time initial investment $$ to implement solution (software licenses) Yes Included with initial fee
One-time initial investment $$ to implement solution (time and effort) Yes Included with initial fee
One-time initial investment $$ to implement solution (Hardware) No Included with initial fee
Support and maintenance Yearly Monthly fee
Offsite storage of backups No Included with monthly fee
Warranty on hardware No Included with monthly fee

What is the best choice?

After reading the comparison table above, I hope you have a better understanding of the business continuity solution QBR.The Main Differences between Data Backup and Business Continuity With its many features and capabilities, it is no wonder our IT experts recommend this solution for your backup and restore needs. Not long ago, this kind of solution was extremely expensive for small to mid-size enterprises. Only recently, it has been made more affordable and suitable for SMEs. Pricing for QBR includes a one-time setup charge and a monthly (or yearly) recurring fee, covering it all, from the full service of the hardware to the software licenses, offsite storage of backups and full monitoring and support.

As this topic is relatively new to many business executives, please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns. I will be happy to share my own experiences with QBR and my knowledge on business continuity solutions.

Don’t wait to backup your data with a business continuity solution before it’s too late!


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