The Difference Between Data Backup and Disaster Recovery

Part One of our Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery series

This is Part One of our Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery series. To read the full data backup and disaster recovery white paper, click here. 

Data backup/protection and DR are two often-confused concepts, but understanding the difference is a simple matter. 

Essentially, data backup/protection most often refers to files stored on a secure device, while DR refers to restoring IT infrastructure to operation after a disruption. 

To use an analogy, imagine data from a laptop computer is backed up, and then the laptop breaks. The data is safe, but there is no way to use it. For the data to be useful, a new laptop would have to be procured, formatted, customized, and all the data would have to be moved onto it. 

DR is like having a second, virtual laptop ready in case the first one goes down. On a business-wide scale, DR is having a redundant DR is like having a second, virtual laptop ready in case the first one goes down. On a business-wide scale, DR is having a redundant infrastructure, as follows: 

“Data backup is: ‘Oh no, I just deleted the file I wanted to keep. How do I get it back?’ While disaster recovery is more like: ‘Oh no, my systems have been disabled in a freak accident. How do I get back to work quickly?’” 

To read the full data backup and disaster recovery white paper, click here. 

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