The Difference Between Backup & Replication

by Marty Ness, Account Executive

Cloud and offsite solutions have dominated the IT industry for the last several years, and for good reason – but you already knew that.

So, why is it that so many information technology leaders enter into this decision half-cocked?

I see it every day, organization’s so pressed to alleviate the stress of managing, storing, and protecting their data that they just don’t have time to become experts in backup and replication – and why should they? I’m here to be that expert for you and to take those stresses out of the equation, so you can focus on strategic objectives.

To help you become a savvy decision maker when considering a backup, replication, or hybrid solution, here are a few ‘secrets’ that may not have been shared with you:

  1. Both backup and replication offer the capability to failover into a hosted cloud environment. The difference is that each service (and each provider) offers different Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), and price points.
  1. Replication offers both full site failover and partial site failover into a secure cloud environment, also providing sandbox mode for testing preconfigured plans.
  1. Not every cloud provider supports backup and replication to both VMWare and HyperV environments, be sure to ask the question!
  1. Backup service powered by OffsiteDataSync provides built-in DR capability with failover to our enterprise cloud, with RTOs dependent on the environment. It’s ideal for non-mission critical VM recovery and organizations with flexible RTOs.
  1. DRaaS powered by OffsiteDataSync provides an RTO of 15 minutes or less at an all-inclusive price, better suited for ensuring the business continuity of mission critical data.
  1. Considering variable RPO, RTO, and budgets, selecting one service to meet all of your needs is often difficult – that’s where I’ll recommend a hybrid solution of backup and replication to protect all of your data and meet various organizational requirements.

With no ‘one size fits all’ cloud solution on the market, you’ll want to be sure that you make the right decision the first time around. You need to know what’s right for your long-term growth, your environment, and most importantly, your business continuity.

Need some help? Maybe you’re in the middle of a difficult decision, maybe you have a few questions, whatever the case, reach out and let’s talk!




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