3 Best Practices for Successful Backup and Disaster Recovery

virtualizationreview | June 17, 2019

The terms backup and disaster recovery (DR) are often used interchangeably. Even so, theres a significant difference between the two. Backups are point-in-time copies that can be used to restore data or a physical or virtual machine to a previous state. In contrast, DR refers to the ability to run a workload in a different location so that the workload will remain online and available in spite of a disaster. Following are some best practices organizations should keep in mind when planning their DR and backup implementations.

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Opvizor Rolls Out All-New Cloud Monitoring Platform for VMware vSphere, Hyper-Scaler, Operating Systems and Apps

businesswire | July 10, 2023

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Netskope Delivers the Next Evolution in Digital Experience Management for SASE with Proactive DEM

PR Newswire | September 01, 2023

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RISC Zero raises $40m in Series A to bring its leading Zero-Knowledge technology to Web3 & Enterprise

prnewswire | July 20, 2023

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StackPath Introduces Larger Edge Compute Instances

prnewswire | August 16, 2023

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