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Disaster recovery planning is an integral component of any company’s IT strategy. Network outages and data breaches are far from uncommon, and downtime can be costly. However, the term “disaster recovery” has become a bit of a buzzword in the IT community, and many people mistakenly perceive the term as being synonymous with “backup”. Let’s set the record straight: We’ll take a look at some of the key differences between backup and disaster recovery and explain how our partnership with Datto can help your organization protect itself.

Backup vs. Disaster Recovery

Even though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, backup and disaster recovery are actually very different concepts. A backup is simply a copy of data– its sole purpose is to allow that data to be restored to its original source if needed. Backups are usually performed daily to ensure optimal levels of business data retention. Although backing up a system offers immediate access to data, the process doesn’t provide failover capability for your environment if your infrastructure suffers physical damage.

While backups certainly have their purpose, larger-scale outages require a solution that’s more holistic, integrated and scalable. That’s where disaster recovery comes into play. Disaster recovery offers the ability to maintain business continuity in the event of a disaster through an alternate location and environment. Data resides at a separate production environment, and the organization’s IT infrastructure is replicated at the alternate location.

Planning a simple backup strategy involves evaluating the goals of your organization’s Recovery Point Objective (RPO, which refers to the age of files that need to be recovered for operations to resume in the event of an outage; data retention policies must also be considered. A complete disaster recovery plan requires a greater degree of strategy– it’s important to understand which systems are mission-critical to your organization and in what order these systems would need to be restored. Getting this plan right is essential to minimize downtime while also maintaining compliance.

Making a Plan: The Datto Difference

If you’re ready to build a plan that will protect your business in the event of any disaster or outage, we can help. We’ve partnered with Datto to offer plans that protect your business-critical data, systems, desktops, servers, and infrastructure. Our partnership with Datto includes virtualized solutions to ensure that all of these assets remain protected and recoverable. In addition, our Instant Virtualization technology allows businesses to be up and operational within seconds of an incident. When it comes to your business’s data and systems, our solutions can act as that “ounce of prevention” you need to save you from a costly “pound of cure”.