Electronic Vaulting

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1. Electronic Vaulting means that data are backed-up, and the output is electronically transmitted to a secured offsite storage location.

Related Terms: Tape Vaulting, Remote Tape Backup, Offsite Backups, Data Protection/Recovery Strategy - Category.

  • Notes (1): One method of accomplishing this is to use stand-alone tape drives that receive and write data to removable tapes, which may be stored in racks or bins.
  • Notes (2): Another method of electronic vaulting would be to incorporate an automated tape library, virtual tape library or direct access storage device.
  • Notes (3): Organizations are more likely to achieve a shorter recovery time if the electronic vault is located at the alternate site or connected to the alternate site through channels capable of long distance connectivity and high bandwidth. The amount of data loss can range from a few minutes to one day.


BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 4: Business Continuity Strategy CL 2D: Intermediate (DR)

A Manager's Guide to Managing and Implementing Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan (2010)



Courses: IT DR Certification

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)

2. The transfer of data to an offsite storage facility using a communications link.

(Source: Business Continuity Institute - BCI)

3. Electronically forwarding backup data to an offsite server or storage facility. Vaulting eliminates the need for tape shipment and therefore significantly shortens the time required to move the data offsite.

(Source: Disaster Recovery Institute International / Disaster Recovery Journal - DRII/DRJ)

4. Electronic transmission of data to a server or storage facility.

(Source: ENISA - the European Network and Information Security Agency. BCM & Resilience Glossary)