The fact is this: Traditional backup methods, today, are completely inadequate. Many business owners won’t even consider the backup methods of yesterday (such as tapes and disks) for disaster recovery and are moving toward Intelligent Business Continuity, which provides technologically advanced backup of your organization’s data in the event of a failure, and minimizes potentially costly downtime. With Intelligent Business Continuity you know your data is continually protected, storage secured, and provided with immediate data recovery. Recovery time and write speeds are faster, backup is reliable, downtime is significantly reduced, there’s little human intervention required and the money saved is substantial.

Take a look at these significant differences between traditional backup and Intelligent Business Continuity:


Recovery Time 

Traditional backup: With legacy backup technologies like tape, downtime is prolonged, since a full recovery can take days or weeks.

Intelligent Business Continuity:Downtime is reduced to hours, minutes, or even seconds in Disaster recovery.

Human Error

Traditional backup: High risk of backup and recovery failure from human error since frequent manual intervention is required. 58% of downtime is a result of human error. (1)

Intelligent Business Continuity: Fully automated backup process means very little manual management required.


Traditional backup: Difficult to test if a backup is working properly.

Intelligent Business Continuity: Automated screenshots are taken of each image-based backup, then emailed to user, to verify a successful backup was made.

Hybrid Cloud

Traditional backup: Data backups are at risk when based only in one location, either local or in the cloud.

Intelligent Business Continuity: Data backups stored in both local device and secure cloud will mitigate downtime, as businesses can run off the local device or the cloud.

Backup Speed

Traditional backup: Legacy systems like tape have slow write speeds. Slow backups mean fewer backups per day and an inferior recovery point objective (RPO).

Intelligent Business Continuity: Modern backup hardware gives you high-performance networking, and reliable, high-speed hard disk and solid-state drives. Faster backups means you have more intermediate points to recover from.

Instant Virtualization

Traditional backup: Converting backups to bootable virtual machines is time-consuming and error prone, meaning longer recovery times.

Intelligent Business Continuity: Incremental backups can be instantly virtualized, rather than the entire backup chain.


Traditional backup: Time consuming and expensive to make copies of, or store, backups in multiple locations. 61% of SMBs still ship tapes to an off-site location.(2)

Intelligent Business Continuity: Each image-based backup is automatically saved as a VMDK, in both local device and secure cloud.


Traditional backup: Limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e. HIPAA, SOX).

Intelligent Business Continuity: AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption ensures data is safe and meets industry regulations.


Traditional backup: When recovering data, tape failure rates exceed 50%.

Intelligent Business Continuity: Minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss.


Traditional backup: Potential for theft of loss of media.

Intelligent Business Continuity: Off-site backups stored in SSAE 16 data centers.


Traditional backup: Perceived cost savings are deceiving when you consider the average cost of downtime is $163,674 per hour. (3)

Intelligent Business Continuity: The ability to keep your business running in the event of disaster has immeasurable value.

If your system experiences a failure, you’re facing a lengthy, costly, and complicated recovery.  Don’t wait for a system failure to happen before you figure out your recovery doesn’t have to be that complicated. Make that transition out of traditional backups and secure your system’s future with Intelligent Business Continuity– your data depends on it. (4)

About Contributor:

brent whitfield


Brent Whitfield is the CEO of DCG Technical Solutions Inc. DCG provides the specialist advice and IT consulting Los Angeles businesses need to remain competitive and productive, despite their often limited IT infrastructure expenditure. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business. was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Twitter: @DCGCloud.

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