Tag Archives: Disaster Recovery

Don’t Forget to Backup Your Clients’ Data to Offsite Data Storage Before the Natural Disaster Season

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Natural disasters in 2017 including hurricanes and storms have had some tremendous affects, having destroyed whole towns and making people homeless. Hurricane Harvey alone that crashed upon the US in August brought total losses of $190 billion.

A significant portion of this amount belongs to small and medium-sized businesses, as the hurricanes destroy something that any company depends on most: its data. Physical infrastructure can be rebuilt, but data can not be recovered if not stored properly.

Managed Service Providers can demonstrate value to their customers by providing managed offsite backup. This is an essential service that can be very useful, especially in the regions where the risk of natural disasters is high. Continue reading

Tips from Steve: Real Life Disaster Recovery Scenarios

Tips from Steve: Disaster Recovery ScenariosWhat would you do if a disaster strikes? Flood, fire, tornado, a devastating ransomware attack. These all are real-life issues, that any business can face. We have asked Steve Putnam to tell us about the real-life disaster recovery examples, they have in mind, for the possible disaster striking one of their clients. Continue reading

Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing: Best Practices

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Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to disaster recovery planning best practices, disaster recovery testing process and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning. Continue reading

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) Explained

Recovery time objective (RTO) explained

The main aspect of every backup and recovery strategy is a balance of RTO and RPO objectives. They regard how quickly and precisely you will be able to get the data back if something goes wrong. In case of disaster, recovery time objective becomes one of the most valuable characteristics in the business planning.
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Cloud Disaster Recovery

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A disaster could hardly be planned, but disaster recovery planning is a must. The core of successful disaster recovery is, of course, backup.

Nowadays, cloud storage providers are widely used for storing backups. However, the biggest cloud storage providers have created various services to perform recovery in the cloud. Today we will discuss the need for cloud disaster recovery and its peculiarities. Continue reading

Backup vs. Disaster Recovery

Backup vs Disaster Recovery

If you tell someone that your computer crashed, the first question you usually hear in response is “Did you back up your files?”

That’s the right question to ask if you’re talking only about personal data or a single computer. When your PC crashes, having a data backup available is usually all you need to restore your normal routine.

But if it comes to a company, backing up data is not enough. When a company’s infrastructure is damaged or data is lost, a full disaster recovery operation needs to take place to restore operations without causing critical disruptions to the company. Disaster recovery requires much more than simply backing up files.

To understand why, you need to appreciate the difference between backup and disaster recovery, which this article explains.

It might seem that we are talking obvious things here, however, in the article you will find a couple of numbers about backup and disaster recovery.

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RTO vs. RPO: Two Means toward the Same End

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RTO and RPO (recovery time objective and recovery point objective) are two key metrics that organizations must consider in order to develop an appropriate disaster recovery plan that can maintain business continuity after an unexpected event.

Although only one letter separates RTO from RPO, it’s important not to confuse or conflate these two metrics. Both help to determine maximum tolerable hours for data recovery, how often data backups should occur and what your recovery process should be. Both need to be considered when creating a disaster recovery plan.

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Cloning vs Image Backup: When you Need What?

A simple file backup does a good job of protecting crucial data. However, should your hard drive crash or your operating system become hopelessly corrupt, then you will be left confused, trying to figure out the way out. This is where cloning and image backup come in. Some people assume that these two terms mean the same thing, but that is fundamentally wrong.

Though they both give you a full copy of your data and operating system, you should understand what each technique involves and how it is different from the other, so that you can make an informed choice.

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Motiva Networks: 4 Hours to Recover Servers as Amazon EC2 Instances

Motiva Networks, an NYC IT Support and Managed Services Provider, serves 3 000 desktops and consumes 20 TB of storage. A year ago, when the company started to look for a backup and disaster recovery solution, it had certain criteria - the ability to use Amazon. And today the company has successful experience with “Restore to Amazon EC2" feature in CloudBerry Backup. Continue reading