Backups 101: Introduction to Intelligent Business Continuity

If you’ve been backing up to tape and manually testing your backups, it’s time to consider a cloud backup solution. Traditional backups are okay, but they have their limitations. For true protection, take your backups to the next level with intelligent business continuity.

What is Intelligent Business Continuity?

It’s a Hybrid Cloud-Based Backup

You’ve likely heard if cloud technology and probably use it in some capacity day to day. If you’ve ever saved a file to OneDrive, Google Drive, or DropBox then you’ve used cloud technology. Utilizing the cloud for backups is a great idea because it is offsite. In the event of a natural disaster, whether it’s a hurricane, flood, or fire your data will be protected because it is offsite in the cloud.

However, exclusively relying on the cloud for backups has its own limitations. This is where hybrid cloud comes into play. Having a hybrid solution of onsite and cloud backup gives you an additional layer of protection so you can be assured that your data is protected and accessible when you need it.

It’s Automation

Traditional backups require recurring manual labor, leaving plenty of room for errors to occur. Rather than having an individual from your organization go to take care of your backups, intelligent business continuity solutions are automated so your technology just works. It’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about in the midst of an IT crisis.

It’s Image-Based

In a traditional file-based backup, every file gets backed up by its own. You can think about this as a chain, with each file being a link in the chain. If one of the links is broken, the entire chain is unusable. When it’s time to restore, you’ll have to restore your operating system, all of your applications, and all of your files. This is a ton of data and makes for lengthy restore times.

In a modern image-based backup, a complete mirror image of everything in your system is created. When it’s time to restore, you can back up and running much faster because you are working from an exact snapshot of your previous state.

As an added bonus, instant virtualization can get you backup and running in minutes as opposed to days or weeks.

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