As the importance of safeguarding and storing data continues to increase, companies both large and small have the same opportunities to easily and economically keep digital copies of any and all documents. But with all of the different types of options available, it can be confusing to decide which is best for your company. So what is the difference between backup, continuity, and archiving?

Data Storage

Well, quite a bit actually:


Backup focuses on retention of data but doesn’t always have the best searching options. Backup is like renting out a storage unit on the other side of town; you can put a lot of stuff in there but it can be difficult to search through. In times of disaster, information can be recovered from backups to continue operations.


Continuity involves two or more systems that run and store data, in order to ensure uptime whenever necessary. Similar to backup, information cannot always be searched through easily. There is no restoration process needed as continuity lets you go from one system to another to keep operating seamlessly with no downtime.


Archiving offers a higher level of information intelligence – allowing you to capture and index important information for the purpose of maintaining regulatory compliance. This means you’re prepared in the event of an audit or potential litigation while saving you tons of time when searching for files.

What method of storing data is right for you? Sydney Technology Solutions is here to help you decide. Call us at (02) 8212 4722 or email us at [email protected] to discuss our managed IT services wherein we find the right solutions for your unique needs.