Traditional “backup and restore” makes a copy of your data to a physical device such as a tape drive or disk that is then stored offsite for security reasons. Most organizations that deploy this method do it once a day – if at all. Even when backups are done, they are rarely tested. But, let’s assume that everything backs up correctly, and your systems go down and need to be restored. Someone still has to retrieve the device from the offsite facility before you can get your data back.
“Disaster Recovery” refers to the replication of your data to a device in the cloud. Replication can happen several times a day, minimizing data loss. Recovery time is also much quicker as your data is immediately accessible. You can even mirror your systems in the cloud — at a fraction of the price of mirroring them in your data center — to virtually eliminate downtime. Plus, we can automate the testing of your replication, so you know your data and applications will be there when you need them.