Archiving vs. Backup - What's the Difference?

Archiving vs. Backup - What's the Difference?

Although the terms "backup" and "archiving" are sometimes used interchangeably, they refer to two completely different processes. Both deal with long-term data storage, yes, but that is where the similarities end. Backups are designed to provide an organization with a way of recovering its data following some sort of catastrophe. As such, a backup can be thought of as a restorable, point-in-time copy of an organization's data or of entire systems. Conversely, archives are not designed to act as a rescue mechanism following a data loss event. Instead, archives are typically meant to be used as a tool for reducing storage costs.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about:

  • The differences between archiving & backup;
  • Why time matters when choosing between the two;
  • The case for archiving.



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