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Benefits of Image-Based Backup

30th January 2019 | In Technology
Data is the new currency, and in order to stay competitive businesses must protect it. However, data size and volume are increasing at an unprecedented rate, spawning stricter IT regulations and greater downtime costs for businesses. Outdated backup methods simply can’t keep up with today’s business requirements. Image-based backup is the most innovative, reliable method of safeguarding your business by protecting the critical data on your servers. While traditional solutions only capture data, image-based backup captures a picture of the entire workstation or server and stores it as a unique point in time. If you need to rebuild or virtualise a machine due to damage or disaster, you can quickly restore all of the files, applications and operating systems. Image-based backup offers other benefits that traditional backup methods can’t:
  • Fast recovery of entire systems or individual files
Downtime can cost thousands of pounds every minute. The faster you can recover, the faster you can get back to taking care of customers and being productive. Image-based backup allows you to recover individual files or entire workstations or servers in the exact state they were at the moment in time you choose. Whether you need to restore a corrupted file or an entire branch office, image-based backup gives you the granularity and total protection you need to avoid the devastating consequences of downtime.
  • Recovery – even to dissimilar hardware or bare metal
If a server is damaged or destroyed, you can’t afford to wait for an exact replica to ship. Imagebased backup allows you to restore data, applications and operating systems from the backup server to a new or repaired server of any make and model, including bare metal. This option also allows you to repurpose and optimise existing infrastructure, take advantage of the most direct path to recovery and even upgrade hardware to whatever best suits your business now and in the future.
  • The ability to manage remote office from a central location
Managing branch offices can be one of the biggest challenges the IT department faces. It involves constant travel for IT admins, relying on untrained staff to perform technical tasks or taking risks and living with the same frustrations and inefficiencies that come with having no IT staff at all. The ability to manage remote offices from a central location ensures that all of your locations run as efficiently as your headquarters. With image-based backups, IT staff can maintain the same high standards of backup and recovery for remote and branch offices that they do for the main office. In this era, data is the lifeblood of a business. If an organisation is to remain viable it must provide constant access to the critical data and tools needed to stay productive and competitive. Additionally, the costs and consequences of data loss and downtime due to outages or disasters can cripple a business. Evermore restrictive compliance regulations and service-level agreements make it more important than ever to protect data and access. There is a solid business case for modernising your approach to business continuity. Image-based backup provides faster recovery times that protect the organisation from the costs and consequences of downtime and data loss. We partner with Datto as the preferred provider of hybrid cloud-based backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions worldwide.

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‘Benefits of Image-Based Backup’ taken from TechTarget® and Datto research entitled ‘Top Five Benefits of Image Based Backup’. Download Whitepaper

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