Recover vs. Restore

Veeam products can offer 2 types of disaster recovery operations — failover and restore:

  • Failover is a process of switching from the original VM on the source host to its VM replica on the target host. For more information on the process, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Replica Failover.
  • Restore is a process of recovering a VM from a backup file to the original or any other location. For more information on the process, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Data Recovery.

Recovery is a general term that refers to both failover and restore. If a product allows you both to fail over VMs to their replicas created by Veeam replication jobs and to recover VMs from their backup files created by Veeam backup jobs, this means that the product supports recovery. If a product allows you to recover VMs protected by Veeam backups jobs only, this means that the product supports restore only.

Important

According to the described logic, recovery = failover + restore. That is why you can use the verb recover as a synonym for restore, but DO NOT use the verb restore as a synonym for recover.

 

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