Moving from Backup to Business Continuity

 

What kind of backup do you have today?  Do you have simple cloud backup, or do you have Business Continuity? What’s the difference and what are the benefits to you and your company?

 History of protecting your business from data loss

Back in the old days you did backups on your server to either a removable hard drive or to tape.  It was incumbent on a person in the office to rotate the drives or tapes on a daily or weekly basis.  The amount of protection from a site loss (fire, flood, etc.) was dependent on how recent your last drive swap was taken offsite.

Enter Cloud Backup…

The next evolution was backing up your data (files) offsite to a data center (aka The Cloud).  Here we could automate the backing up of your files so that, in the case of a disaster, your data was offsite and could be restored.  Just like all technologies, this started off expensive at $$ per GB, per month and over time became a few cents per GB, per month.

The only thing was, in the event of a data loss, you must have your files restored from the cloud, while also possibly rebuilding servers and infrastructure.  Data loss is minimal, but down-time to the office can be significant.

Evolving from Cloud Backup to Business Continuity

Continuity was developed to minimize downtime when disaster strikes.  When we talk about Continuity, we are talking about two pieces:  Local Continuity and Cloud Continuity. 

Local Continuity or local failover is where a server or virtual host (the box that hosts multiple virtual servers) has been replicated to another piece of hardware in the office.  In the event of a failure you immediately spin up a duplicate environment and keep working with little down time. 

Cloud Continuity or cloud failover is where you replicate your on-premise servers to servers in a remote data center (the cloud).  In the event of a failure, your complete environment is spun up and you can access it remotely. 

Together, both local and cloud continuity is a complete solution that gives you protection from data loss, server loss or site loss and gets you running quickly, minimizing downtime.  You can do either local or cloud or a hybrid of the two.  This technology has also become much less expensive than it was even two years ago.

 

 Solutions

We typically package this technology into three solutions, depending on our client’s budget.  While we prefer both local and cloud continuity, we know that not every company will be willing to spend on a spare server as insurance from failover.  In many cases, when you purchase a new server, we try to repurpose your old server as a local failover appliance.

  • Full Continuity – You have a local failover appliance and have cloud continuity. Recover from local failures in minutes.
  • Hybrid Continuity – You have cloud continuity and on-premise storage device that contains failover images of your servers. In the event of a local failure, we would come onsite with a suitable box and then bring up your environment in a few hours.
  • Cloud-only continuity – You do not have any on-premise backup and just have backup and failure to the cloud. Recover from failures in a couple of hours and response will be much slower than full continuity.


Summary

Look at how your office is backed up right now.  What would happen if your server failed?  What would happen if you had a fire, flood or were without power for any length of time?  How would your business be impacted?

As always, we’re here if you want to discuss,

Charlie Haber…

 

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