This topic describes the differences between user-created backup systems and Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) and the advantages of HBR. User-created backup systems include those you build on the cloud or in local data centers.

Item User-created backup system Hybrid Backup Recovery
Permission management Not supported

No strict permission management is available to performing a manual backup. Improper operations such as accidental file deletion are prone to occur.


With Resource Access Management, HBR users are categorized multiple permission groups. This is designed to reduce data security risks.

Deduplication and compression Not supported

Repeated backups increase a large number of storage costs and reduce backup speed.


HBR supports deduplication and compression technologies that are developed by Alibaba Cloud. These technologies help you to reduce the amount of transmitted data and occupied storage. This is designed to reduce costs and increase the backup speed.

Backup alerts Not supported

You need to manually track backup processes to identify whether backup failures occur. Several backup failures are only found when you attempt to restore data from the backups.


HBR provides users with notifications, such as when a backup fails or when a client is disconnected from a server.

Lifecycle of data backups Manual management Automatic management
Data restoration You must manually restore data from multiple data copies. You only need to select a backup version from which data is restored. You can also set restore rules.
Management cost High

Manual backups require custom scripts to run backups and dedicated backup engineers to manage backups. This brings difficulties for backup management and administration, reduces resource utilization, and increases management costs.


With HBR, you do not need to be concerned with issues, such as hardware procurement, configuration, cluster expanding, and security. Instead, you only need to upload backups onto cloud vaults.