Traditional Backup vs Intelligent Business Continuity

Traditional backup methods, such as tape, disk, or online only, are no longer sufficient. In fact, leading edge business owners are finding them unacceptable, due to their inability to recover data quickly and mitigate downtime. Technological innovations have established a comprehensive new standard, Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC). Only an IBC solution will ensure data protection, data security, instant recovery, mitigate downtime and ensure continuity.


  • Can take weeks to recover data after a disaster occurs, if the data is recoverable
  • High risk of failure due to heavy manual administration: 58% of downtime is due to human error 1
  • Difficult to test if a backup is working properly
  • Time consuming and expensive to make a copy of, and store, backups in multiple locations. 61% of SMBs still ship tapes to an off-site location 2
  • Backup speeds are slower
  • Difficult to prioritize important data, files and applications
  • Physical to virtual conversions can be time consuming and have a high failure rate
  • Data and backups are at risk when based in only one location, either local OR in the cloud
  • Limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e., HIPAA, SOX)
  • Tape failure rates can exceed 50%
  • Potential for theft of loss of media
  • Perceived cost savings are deceiving–average cost of downtime is $163,674 per hour 3


  • Downtime after a disaster is reduced to hours, minutes, or even seconds
  • Fully automated backup process—very little manual management required
  • Automated screenshots are taken of each image-based backup, to verify a successful backup
  • Each image-based backup is automatically saved in multiple locations for redundancy; local appliance and secure data centers
  • Quick and efficient transfer of files to off-site data centers, even with low bandwidth or busy networks
  • Critical data can be prioritized, to be transferred offsite first
  • Instant virtualization in mere seconds, due to both proprietary technology and already saved VMDKs
  • Avoid risk of downtime from a local disaster, as backups are stored in both local device AND secure cloud
  • AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption ensures data is safe both at rest and in transit, to meet industry regulations (ie. HIPAA, SOX)
  • Minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss
  • Off-site backups stored in SSAE16 Type II data centers, ensuring security
  • The ability to keep your business running in the event of disaster has immeasurable value


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1. “Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime,” IOUG, July 2012 ©2014
2. InformationWeek
3. Aberdeen Group

When Disaster Strikes – 5 Common “Disasters” Most Executives Never Think Of

Knowing the Disaster Recovery terminology is important, but equally important is knowing what sorts of situations you could be faced with. At Innovative Solutions we don’t expect our clients to be disaster recovery experts, but having a baseline understanding of the terms used when preparing and executing a disaster recovery plan can make for a much easier process.

By asking about a few different scenarios in disaster recovery, executives can keep IT on their toes, and deliver better service to their end customers.

Internet Crash – It’s a common misconception that putting your systems in the cloud eliminates the need for a disaster recovery plan. While you may not have to back systems up on a regular basis, you DO need to protect yourself from losing access to the internet. If your company is dependent on Salesforce, Email, or any application that lives in the cloud, you’ll want to make sure you’ve asked about installing a backup internet connection.

Power Failure – Most people think of data when they hear disaster recovery. Unfortunately, if you live in an area with frequent power outages, data may be the least of your worries. Without electricity to power your technology, you’re dead in the water. If you have clients or employees who can’t do their jobs without a particular system, it’s a good idea to ask if you have it running on battery backup. If your business as a whole requires large amounts of power (manufacturing, technology, medical) it might be worth looking into a generator.

Hardware/Software Failure – The most common situations we come across at Innovative Solutions fall into this category. If you’re a non-technical reader, feel free to skim the list below for keywords you may have recognized one of your IT staff or vendors muttering during a system outage:

  • Hard drive failed
  • Bad motherboard
  • Dead (or fried) power supply
  • Broken cable (mice, squirrels, and other animals love to chew them)
  • Blue screen of death
  • Dead switch, ASA, or other piece of networking equipment

Viruses/Security Breach – This one may not qualify for the “unexpected” list because most executives seem paranoid that the NSA is reading their emails. Nevertheless, poor security and the havoc that can be caused by viruses brings businesses to their knees on a regular basis. In fact, according to some sources, 32% of computers in the world are infected with malware.

3rd Party Update – The last on this list is usually the most surprising to executives. When companies like Google, or Microsoft update their browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer) it can break websites, and applications. If you don’t have the right support in place, this can leave you dead in the water for days at a time.

The above isn’t an all-encompassing list, but it should give you a good start in having the conversation with your IT department or partner on how prepared you are for when disaster strikes.


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