A video backup solution like ProActive-CCTV is crucial to maintaining customer relationships. During an Interview on the MinddogTV Podcast, ProActive-CCTV’s CEO, Tom Maggio is asked about the reason the product/service was created. With many years in the cctv surveillance industry, Tom knew the problems all cctv companies face in maintaining customer relationships.

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Data Backup: A backup is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a duplicate of a piece or set of data created in case something happens to the original. The backup, which is typically stored separately, can be used to safely restore the file.

Data Archive: An archive is a collection of older information that is being stored long-term; think of the physical archives held by libraries and museums as an example. The data in an archive is usually not actively being used, though it may be relatively easy to access depending on the file archiving software involved.

Generally, when a backup file is no longer relevant it is simply deleted, often on an automated schedule. Backup software will typically create multiple point-in-time backup files, so when it comes time to restore from backup, it is usually an easy matter to select the backup closest to the last known good configuration. Then the others can be trashed as usual.

This is a lot trickier if you are using long-term backups instead of a proper archive. As we noted earlier, backups are only a copy of the original data, which means those original files are left where they are in primary storage. This means not only are you not saving space on your primary storage, but you’re also actually doubling the volume you have to manage by housing a copy on your secondary storage.

Most backups today are performed incrementally—they only contain copies of those files which have been changed since the last full backup. Therefore, trying to pull a specific point-in-time copy of a file out of a long-term incremental backup sequence can be aggravating because capturing it requires accessing the previous full and daily backups it relies upon.


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