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Innovative and Technologically Sound Considerations for Disaster Recovery and Cloud Backup

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FEBRUARY, 2018
If your company depends solely on remote backup as a disaster recovery plan, your plan needs to be revised, as it overlooks several key components. It may require being updated to ensure full protection. Remote backup is just a single component of a comprehensive disaster recovery solution. A complete plan includes a documented set of processes, which indicate how to restore each of your IT services after an unplanned event.

How can a Disaster Recovery plan be updated?

  • Analyze your remote backup system

Remote backup is a critical component of protecting data against any catastrophic event which leads to data loss. When users decide to choose remote backup, they should consider both the frequency of backup and security of their backup.

When we talk about backup frequency, it means that backup of the data of those companies should make sense. For example, highly transactional corporations which generate new data every minute need real-time data replication, while other small businesses may not require such frequent backups. Thus, with Veeam backup and replication, they can easily replicate their data at any instance of time.

Another important point is to check how fast your data can be restored. Depending on the volume of data and speed of backup service, the recovery time could range from few days to several weeks. StoneFly DR365V (with Veeam backup engine) provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPOs) of less than 15 minutes for all data and applications

Storing backup data at offsite locations is also one of the good techniques. The right location for your data backup, is the one which will not be compromised by the same disaster which may affect your office. Creating redundant copy of backups in different places, is also one of the techniques of a safe disaster recovery plan. Through geo-replication 3 redundant copies of your data in the cloud and 6 geo-redundant copies are created. StoneFly DR365V sync data between geographically separated servers. Geo-replication can be done from or to On-perm to Public (Microsoft Azure, Amazon (AWS) Private Cloud and Cloud to cloud private or public.

If your company uses cloud service programs, organizations should have a conversation with their service providers, to confirm the level of protection of their data. For example, they can ask for the geographical replication to ensure that their data will be protected in the event of a disaster.

Stonefly DR365V (with Veeam Backup Engine) is purpose-built optimized with integrated hyper converged Enterprise Veeam Backup, Replication and disaster recovery appliance. Stonefly DR365V, is the new product through which you can replicate your data in efficient manner. It provides you total backup solution for your physical and virtual servers and workstations in a single box.

  • Prioritize Services by Urgency

Organizations should record their IT services and decide which applications are most critical for their business operations. These services can assign a category of recovery urgency to help prioritize the disaster recovery plan for them. One can determine the process of regaining critical services within an acceptable time frame, once the priority order is created.

  • Conducting a Live Test

The remote backup system should be tested on a monthly basis at least, depending on the intensity of data. When you schedule a test, you allow an adequate change window to prevent any disruption to the business. Also, if desired, a live test of full disaster recovery can be conducted on an annual basis.

Another tip is that companies should make sure that their disaster recovery plan is readily accessible by more than just one or two people, in case they are unreachable at the time of disaster.

Conclusion:

Data recovery of critical data, in case of any catastrophic event is the matter of concern for the companies. To recover your data appropriately, you need an accurate yet convenient disaster recovery plan. Any company must not depend only on remote backup, it should ensure full protection of data. You have to analyze your remote backup system, prioritize your services and conduct a live test to make sure your disaster recovery plan in working. A product of stonefly DR365V provides you with best disaster recovery plan. It creates 3 redundant copies of your data in the cloud and 6 geo-redundant copies are created in different clouds through geo-replication. Geo-replication can be done from or to on-premises to Public (Microsoft Azure, Amazon (AWS) Private Cloud and Cloud to cloud private or public. Veeam backup engine or StoneFly DR365V offers (RTPOs) of less than 15 minutes for all data and applications. DR365V Veeam Backup appliances are available with combined, high-availability modular, or scale out high-availability modular configurations.

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