Archive vs. Backup
Archive and backup are frequently mentioned together, but what do they mean? When it comes to your server and data, the difference between archive and backup can be the difference between being able to recover data and removing data entirely from its original location.
Archive vs. Backup: a Definition of the Terms
Backup refers to a copy of any set of data. This copy can be stored in a cloud-based or remote server to help restore servers in case the original is removed or corrupted. Think of this as insurance for the server.
Archive refers to one or multiple historical data specifically selected to be removed. This takes the original data and relocates it to another location on the server, remotely, or in a cloud-based solution. Outdated or irrelevant data is typically chosen to be archived.
The key distinguishers between these two is what data is involved. Backups only use copies of data, while archives use the original file.
Why the Differences Matter in Data Storage and Recovery
The way one chooses to store data dictates the way it can be accessed and recovered. Archiving data helps keep systems organized without removing files that may be useful in the future.
On the other hand, you can still manipulate the original file on a server when data gets backed up. Ideally, backups should be performed on a regular basis (daily, weekly or monthly) to make sure there is always a copy of the server files in case of emergencies or an outage.
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