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The difference between DR and Backup in Google Cloud – Which type will be suitable for businesses?

Understanding the Differences between DR and Internal Backup Google Cloud is critical to minimizing the impact of downtime, avoiding downtime that damages business revenue. Especially in the current era of digital transformation, any outage event can disrupt customer interactions, reduce employee productivity, destroy data and freeze processes. business operations.

Differences between DR and Backup in Google Cloud

Therefore, distinguishing between DR and Backup as well as defining key terms and evaluating the pros and cons between different deployment technologies can help you develop effective strategies to avoid the harmful effects of DR and Backup. business interruption.

What do Backup and Disaster Recovery mean?

Backup and Disaster Recovery Both aim to protect you in the event of an IT system failure, but these are two different methods

  • Backup is an additional physical or virtual copy of data on another storage device (hard drive, CD/DVD, flash drive, cloud storage, etc.). If you lose some data, you can use its backup to restore the original data.
  • Disaster Recovery (DR) is a step-by-step plan for responding to IT incidents by migrating to secondary IT infrastructure. DR ensures critical functions continue to operate continuously during natural or man-made disasters.

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Why use Backup or Disaster Recovery?

Having your IT system knocked down will have extremely harmful effects on your business. It will cause leakage, loss of information and worst of all, the business operations of the enterprise will not be able to continue. However, with each form of business, the harm caused will also be different. For example, e-commerce Web sites stand to lose more than organizations that can still operate offline. Applying Backup or Disaster Recovery will ensure that you can resume operations almost immediately after an IT incident.

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Differences between DR and backup in Google Cloud

Below are the differences between DR and Backup compared through the criteria closest to each business

Criteria Backup DR
Purpose Provides a copy of data in case something goes wrong with the original data Ensure your business can restore functionality and avoid downtime in the event of unforeseen circumstances
Final result A copy of the original data A working copy of the IT system is on standby
Major risks are overcome Server crashes, minor cyber attacks, data deletion, and hardware failures Region-wide incidents (tornadoes, fires, power outages, etc.) and large-scale cyber attacks
Target device Servers, workstations, mobile devices Critical servers, virtual applications
Limit Back up individual files and virtual machines A plan DR will be designed to operate at the level of individual departments or the entire enterprise
Ensure business operations continue continuously Not guaranteed Always guaranteed
Monopoly You can have backups without a DR plan Every DR plan includes some form of backup
Automation Based on a combination of manual and automated processes The more automatic the better
Recovery time Speed is not the deciding factor, so recovery times are often long  Speed is paramount, so recovery time will be much shorter
Resource allocation Backups are usually compressed and do not require much storage space. The DR package requires a separate location with a fully functioning IT infrastructure 
Complexity All backup processes are relatively simple Complexity (setting up additional resources, prioritizing business applications, preparing for different scenarios, etc.)
Data replication interval  By time (hour, day, week, once a month, etc.)  Replication of critical data happens continuously, ideally in real time
Investment Even top backups are affordable  Top DR plans require investments in secondary IT infrastructure unless you use DRaaS

Above are the similarities and differences between DR and Backup in Google Cloud. If your business is interested in Google Cloud DR or Backup, you can connect with Gimasys - Google's senior partner in Vietnam to get advice on solutions to build applications according to your business's unique needs. Contact now:

  • Gimasys – Google Cloud Premier Partner
  • Hotline: Hanoi: 0987 682 505 – Ho Chi Minh: 0974 417 099
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