Backup and archive are terms that you might hear used interchangeably. In reality, however, they are not at all the same thing. There are important differences between data backups and data archives.
Understanding these differences is crucial in order to ensure that your data processes meet your needs. Doing data backups when you instead require a data archive, or vice versa, can have very negative results when it comes time to retrieve data.
This article defines data backups and data archives and explains the differences between them. Continue reading