@srsmith said in I can't even:
The backups are stored on the same physical host
To assist in these kinds of conversations with customers (or internal IT), I never allow people to call these backups. I say "whoa, there's no backup here, that's a file copy and nothing more, backups have a definition and this doesn't in any way meet it. We can't say we have a backup as at no point do we back anything up."
Not allowing people to say "backup" helps. As long as they are allowed to say the word, they will convince themselves and others that they are protected.
And trust me, when government agencies with backup requirements come to check, you don't want to have been using backup sloppily to mean something other than a true backup. I've had teams threatened with actual jail time for playing fast and loose with their use of the term when the SEC almost found out that they had intentionally avoided backups.