How does QBR work?

As already mentioned on the About QBR page, Quick Backup Recovery (QBR) is a complete Business Continuity service, that delivers Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), exceeding the expectations of any Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery plan. QBR’s main features include (features are dependent on the solution chosen):

  • Intelligent Business Continuity
  • Instant On-site & Off-site Virtualization
  • Advanced Screenshot Backup Verification
  • Time-based or Infinite Cloud Retention
  • Identification of File or Application Changes between any 2 backup points
  • Ransomware Detection

Here’s how it works;

QBR devices, developed by Datto, are ‘servers’ with a high capacity of storage (as well as scalable storage options). In addition, these devices have their own proper agents that could be pushed to the Windows server, workstation or desktop to be backed up.

The steps to get set up include:

  1. The QBR device needs to be integrated into the LAN of the company
  2. Agents need to be pushed to the Windows stations and servers (physical or virtual) in order for the backup process to be initiated
  3. The QBR device will take the initial snapshot of the Windows server and convert it into a ‘Virtual Machine’ that will be stored on the QBR device itself

From that point on, and depending on the retention plan defined, the QBR device will start communicating with the agent on the Windows server, on a periodic basis. It takes a snapshot of the changes on that server and converts it into a ‘Virtual Machine’ (VM) again. Each snapshot or VM will be sitting on the QBR device.

In order to increase the security of a company’s data, the off-site synchronization process to the Cloud can be defined at this point as well.  All or some VM snapshots can be set to synchronize off-site (in the Cloud) to QBR’s secure and fully compliant Canadian Data Center; this is in addition to the local backups being stored on the QBR device itself.

QBR’s instant recovery capability, as a result of the virtualization process during backups, is one of its greatest feature. These devices offer several ‘out of the box’ recovery options;
File Restore: to restore files from a specific VM at a specific time of the day
Bare Metal Restore: to restore a complete VM sitting on the local device into a physical machine
Export VM: to restore the backup sitting on the QBR device to ESXi, HyperV or VMware format so it could be deployed on a virtual environment

As for Business Continuity, any VM snapshot taken by the QBR device can be turned on and accessed immediately, by turning it on the QBR device itself in case of disaster. This ensures that companies don’t incur any considerable downtime. Even better, any VM synchronized to the Cloud can also be turned on and made available to the network in no time. All businesses can now be well equipped and safe!

For an illustration on how the QBR backup works, please see the following diagram.


With this new technology, there is no need for tapes and disks. Traditional backups have been known to result in slow recovery, data loss, more work and worries. Fortunately with Quick Backup Recovery, all of these problems have been solved.

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