Backup and recovery involve the creation of a backup copy of data, storing it in a secure location in case it is lost or damaged, and then recovering that data to another location (the original or safe alternative) so that it can again be used. This backup copy often called a snapshot, is usually immutable. It cannot be modified after it has been created to protect against ransomware mutations. This category includes both cloud-based and onsite technology solutions that automate this process. It allows organizations to keep their data safe and compliant. If you have any questions regarding our backup and recovery services feel free to give our office a call at 772-773-0588.
What are the three types of backups?
Backups are often divided into three categories.
Full backups – This is like filling up an extra tire at a service station. It’s basically about transferring all data from a production system to a backup system for safekeeping. Full backups can protect all data from any server, database or virtual machine (VM) connected to the network. These backups can take hours or even days depending on how much data is being saved. The faster a data management system is, the less it will need to perform full backups.
Incremental backups – Think of incremental backups as adding a little bit more air to your station every time you go back — just in case — so that you can always replace your tire. An incremental backup only captures new data from the last full backup. A full backup is necessary before an incremental backup can be performed. It will then automatically perform them based upon the last incremental.
Differential backups – These add more air, but the delta is not from the previous full backup. This backup is what you have done to the tire since the last time it was filled with air. This can only occur if a complete backup was performed first. Organizations often have policies that dictate how much data should be backed up and when they should perform incremental or differential backups.
What’s the difference between backup and recovery?
Backup and recovery are two different things. The backup process is what you do to save your production data and store it safely away for later use.
Recovery is when you restore your backup data to your production systems in order to avoid downtime.
Business continuity and resilience are assured by reliable backups and rapid recovery.
What are the Different Types of Data Recovery?
Over the past decade, organizations have created and stored a lot more data than ever before. Analysts predict that the number of new data will increase by more than 50% annually.
New categories of data recovery are being developed as companies and individuals store more data. These include:
- Granular Recovery of Files, Folders, and Objects – Also called file-level or object-level recovery, this is the process of quickly retrieving one or a few data sets from a variety of volumes.
- Instant mass restoration – IT staff can instantly restore files and hundreds of virtual machines (VMs), at any scale, at any time. This saves time and resources.
- Volume recovery – This is a process team that needs to recover an unlimited amount of VMs simultaneously. It allows for faster recovery, for example, for all VMs that belong to an application group.
- Virtual Machine Disk Recovery (VMDK), – This process restores all data and apps from a VM quickly.
- Bare machine recovery: The process of restoring a complete operating system (software and apps) in one step.
- Instant Volume Mounts – Teams can save their time by using a backup solution to target a Windows VM to restore an entire volume.
- Instant Restores of VMs – This process allows you to restore large numbers of VMs from any previous recovery point. Backup copies are fully hydrated and immediately available.