The terms archive and backup are often used interchangeably, but in fact, they have completely different meanings. Understanding the difference between archives and backups is important for businesses who are looking for an efficient way to keep their data safe.
Definition: Archive vs. Backup
Archiving refers to storing data that is no longer used for long-term retention, while backup refers to a copy of specific data that can be used to restore lost or damaged data.
Archiving is typically used for a specific set of data that isn't accessed frequently but may need to be accessed in the future or for data that must be kept due to government regulations, such as medical records. Archives allow businesses to go back and search through these documents in the event that they need to access a specific piece of information from them.
Backups are (and should always be) used for any important data, from the mainframes of businesses to your own personal computer. Unlike archives, the files in backups can not be searched and accessed. They are simply there to replace the original files in the event that they are damaged or lost.
With archiving, the data is taken from one location and moved to another. With backups, the original data remains in the sample place.
Choosing Between Archives and Backups
Because archives and backups are two different forms of document storage, you might think you have to choose between the two. However, by using both data archives and backups you can create a more efficient and secure data storage system.
MSP Backup & Recovery from SolarWinds MSP (formerly LOGICnow) makes using these two methods easy. With MSP Backup, your data is stored in SSAE compliant and ISO certified data centers across the world and can be recovered at a moment's notice using a variety of recovery methods. MSP Backup also includes an archiving feature that allows you to keep data as long as you need. Start your free 30-day trial today.
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