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Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Many businesses do not understand the difference between Backup and Disaster Recovery.  They are two different functions of a well run IT department. Both Backup and Data Recovery provide a platform on which a business can run in the case of data loss or corruption, hardware failer, network outages, or a complete disaster at the source hosting the IT infrastructure.


Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions, unlike traditional backup solutions, duplicates one or more of a companies critical servers.  By duplicating the information it isprotecting the data in a different location, often times kept off site.  The locations are connected through the internet or a WAN connection.  By replicating the information if something happens to the main server, the secondary server can be put into use within a couple of minutes or hours following a server failer rather than days later. Because Disaster Recovery software replicates all of the changes of each protected server, to a duplicate, and usually the replacant is housed in a seperate location it is much easier to get an operation up and running if a disater strikes.


A duplicate server contain the same files as the production server, thus acting as a “backup” server, however using this function of a duplicate server does not support file retention and therefore would not allow for restores of file, e-mail, ordatabase information older than the current point in time.

There are a number of backup and disaster recovery solutions to consider and to make it more complicated there are pros and cons to each of them.  Some disaster recovery solutions have features that enable them to double as a backup solution, and some backup software aids in disaster recovery, if needed.


Backup

Your IT network consists of at least one server that contains all of your important data for day the day to day operations of  your business.

This data includes: 

  • files 
  • databases
  • e-mail 
  • unified communication content


Data you would want to back up includes files, e-mails, database that is accessible by multiple users and is exposed to modification and deletion. Data is typically stored in shared folder or databases that are subject to damage due to software and hardware anomalies, as well as viruses and hackers. Any of the natural or otherwise definded conditions could lead to data loss and be detrimental to the organization. Other examples include viruses and other malicious activity, hardware malfunctions and failures, and accidental file deletion or modification. Damage to data may also be caused by user error, such as saving over an existing file or modifying an original that should have been left as a template. Or in a worst case senario, employee sabotage.

Performing backups of all critical data, and not necessarily other files such as application and operating system files, will allow for a well maintained backup system of files, database components, and e-mail components in the case of any unwanted modification, deletion, or failure.

Seifert Technologies has a variety of options for Backup and Disaster Recovery.  Not all systems are created equal, let us show you how we will protect your more precious asset, your data.


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