Most businesses today are still using a traditional backup solution. Unfortunately, these older backup solutions are no longer sufficient. We’ve come up with this list to highlight some of the key differences between traditional and intelligent backups.

 #1 Recovery Time

In the event of a data loss, how long can your business be down before impacting your bottom line? Traditional backups can take weeks to recover while an intelligent backup solution can now recover data in hours, minutes and sometimes, even seconds.

#2 Failure Due to Hardware or Human Error

Traditional backups rely on heavy manual administration which results in a high risk of failure. Fully automated backups require less administration and therefore, there is a decreased risk of error.

The leading cause of incidents and outages is hardware failure/server room failures. Next is environmental disasters, and last is miscellaneous outages.

The 2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey

#3 Testing

Traditional backups can be difficult to test. Intelligent ones now use image-based automated screenshots to verify a successful backup. A successful test provides your business with peace of mind.

#4 Speed

Intelligent backups are quick and efficient whereas traditional backup speeds are slower.

#5 Critical Data

It is difficult to prioritize critical data when using traditional backups. Intelligent backup solutions allow critical data to be transferred off-site first.

#6 Backup Location

With a traditional backup, you choose one location: local or cloud to store data. With intelligent backups, you can store data locally and in the secure cloud. Protecting your data is protecting your organization.

#7 Encryption

Intelligent backup solutions use AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption which ensures that data is safe both at rest and in transit. If you’re using a traditional backup solution, be sure to be aware of the encryption regulations for your industry.

#8 Cost Savings

In the event of a data loss, the data recovery costs with traditional backups are much higher. The cost per hour of downtime varies depending on the characteristics of your business environment. With intelligent backup, you can keep your business running which results in immeasurable cost savings.