You can never know when a disaster will occur to your cloud infrastructure. You can, however, prepare a cloud disaster recovery plan that enables you to restore operations quickly whenever disaster does strike your cloud. This article explains how. Continue reading
It can be easy to assume that business continuity and disaster recovery are synonyms for the same thing. In reality, however, these terms business continuity and disaster recovery have very different definitions. Although they are related concepts, the tools, processes, and goals associated with disaster recovery and business continuity vary significantly.
This article defines business continuity and disaster recovery discusses the differences between them and explains how to build a disaster recovery solution that addresses business continuity needs. Continue reading
When it comes to backing up and restoring data, MSPs can offer two distinct services. The first, and most basic, is Backup-as-a-Service, or BaaS. A more sophisticated and potentially more profitable offering is Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service or DRaaS. By providing both types of services, MSPs can maximize the comprehensiveness of their managed service offerings, as well as their revenue streams.
This article explains what DRaaS is, how it is different from BaaS and how to go about developing a DRaaS offering. Continue reading
You recently learned about RTO – one of the key points of any backup and disaster recovery strategy. In this article, you will learn about Recovery Point Objective (RPO), which stands for data loss in cases of disaster, and how it influences backup and recovery strategies. Continue reading
What 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
So when do you need what? Continue reading