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When Do I Replace, Update, or Upgrade?

When Do I Replace, Update, or Upgrade?

Is your business’ data reliably backed up? Do you find your existing managed backup and recovery technology is an obstacle to getting work done? When your IT becomes problematic, it is crucial to know what to do and where to turn, especially before an emergency situation occurs. 

You do not need to have all of the answers yourself. Instead, work with a managed services provider who can determine your best course of action, whether to replace, update, or upgrade your current IT system?


Deciding to completely replace your IT backup solutions is one that requires thought and determination of the outcome. Ask yourself if you are completely satisfied with your current system? Is it easy to use and fully functional for your needs? Can it be either updated or upgraded? 

If not, it is time to wholly replace your old arrangement with a more comprehensive managed backup and recovery system. Another reason that you might choose to replace your existing platform is that it is difficult to use. An issue of great concern arises when your current system is no longer supported for updates or upgrades. 

This scenario potentially puts your data at risk for loss after a disaster or simply as time goes on and the system stagnates without support. If you are unable to seamlessly, and easily back up your integral data to run your business effectively, that is a potential liability in the loss of essential information to continue operations.


By definition (in the technology world), an update means bringing something up to the current date. It does not necessarily mean that the content or technology will be improved upon by any means other than a patch or operating system update that addresses potential weaknesses in the software. 

With an update, you are still able to use your managed backup solutions as you have always done without many, if any, changes. This makes an update an economical and easy solution as you will not need to learn new processes to use the system. If your current application is still fully supported and effective, there is no reason to spend unnecessary time or money on bringing in a new platform.


When you choose to upgrade your backup system, you are essentially opting to raise the standard of the equipment and/or the technology involved to elevate it to a higher level than where it is currently. 

This decision can be a more cost-effective resolution than a fully managed backup and recovery replacement will be. The key here is, once again, whether the operating system is supported by the developer and whether it is a functional product that enhances instead of detracts from your daily business operations.

Whether you read this article because you are in crisis management mode, or doing your due diligence, it is beneficial to maintain a proactive stance towards your business data and proprietary information. Do not let an opportunity to mitigate an unnecessary risk pass you by, contact the experts in managed backup and recovery today.