Disaster Recovery Solution – Every Business Needs One
In our experience working with small to medium businesses; we’ve found a lot of business owners either aren’t aware or don’t fully understand what a disaster recovery solution could mean for their business.
Comments around pricing being too expensive or the fact that their business hasn’t had a situation where data loss has become a reality. In other words; the whole ‘it won’t happen to me’ thought process. We’re going to outline below how every business can have a data recovery solution. That the expense isn’t nearly as much as is believed.
What is the aim of having a Disaster Recovery Solution?
The main reason why a business requires a disaster recovery solution is to assure a greater availability and security of key information systems. By implementing the right DR solution; this will mean a greater chance of business continuity during a critical infrastructure or IT failure.
The types of potential problems which a DR solution should be designed to counter against includes:
- Internal Building issues.
These include such incidences as fire, flooding from sprinkler systems, power outages or faulty amenities like air conditioning units can cause problems to IT services.
- Natural disasters.
The physical environment around a business location can also disrupt day to day business. Earthquakes, bush fires, floods all have the potential to prevent normal day to day business.
- Man made disasters.
With the every increasing threat of terrorism, corporate espionage (competitors deliberately acting with the intention of stopping your progress), even users accidentally deleting data can bring a business to a halt.
Different forms of Disaster Recovery Services
There are typically three different types of replication techniques which disaster recovery services can implement for businesses to meet their disaster recovery plan requirements.
This type of data replication involves continuous replication. What this helps to achieve is to make sure there are multiple copies of the data set located in two different locations (either on the LAN or WAN).
The main reason why this type of replication is required in a disaster solution is that it provides high availability for business critical applications. What would happen is if the primary copy of the data ever becomes unavailable? The second copy takes over hosting and continue the service with little downtime.
The downside with synchronous replication is that it’s bandwidth intensive; meaning that the physical location between the two copies is severely limited.
This form of replication is the most supported and used. It’s also the most adopted by replication products as well.
Depending on the configuration of the replication; data arrives at the replication target with a delay, which could be nearly instantaneous, minutes all the way to being hours behind. Its network latency and bandwidth tolerance make it fit for long-distance replication; unlike synchronous replication.
The third type of replication is just a mixture of both synchronous and asynchronous replication. Typically how this would work is that high end applications that require immediate fail-over are configured under a synchronous replication environment.
Other less important data is replicated using an asynchronous method. This may include data stored on NAS devices or isn’t deemed as highly critical to the businesses ability to provide it’s product or service.
Offsite Disaster Recovery Solutions
As part of any solid backup strategy; the 3-2-1 backup rule should be followed in some form or another. One of the most critical components of this theory is an offsite copy of the data being made available (which is where the ‘1’ comes into the 3-2-1 rule).
While in the past the offsite component would’ve been physically carried out by someone taking the backup media offsite each night; it’s easier to automate this through cloud computing.
There are a number of online storage providers who offer services that mean that it’s easier to implement a full disaster recovery solution for every business. Companies like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS as well as a lot of smaller; more localised data center providers offer services within their facilities. Things such as storage, the ability of running virtual machines within their data centers at a moments notice have changed the game of disaster recovery and business continuity.
Disaster Recovery Solution Pricing
As mentioned above; cloud computing has exploded and provides all the services needed to implement a business disaster recovery solution. Even though all of this sounds really tricky; the amount of competition within the space means that the overall pricing is kept down.
By using a pay-as-you-go monthly subscription billing method; companies are able to keep costs down by only running their systems within the cloud when they’re needed – and charged accordingly.
Based on our experience and testing; we’ve found that it’s a reasonable to run a VM full time within the larger cloud service providers environments for around US$80 – $150 a month. Along with this; storage is also fairly reasonable with 1TB of cloud storage space costing somewhere around US$10 – $25 a month.
Test My Backups – Disaster Recovery Solution Provider
While disaster recovery solutions can be a fairly rough topic to research and investigate; the real work comes after the implementation stage. The monitoring and maintenance of such a solution can take hours out of the week. It really does have the potential to drag business owners away from building their business; instead of getting deep into the daily grind instead.
We’ve spent many years in the disaster recovery space; which we’ve now made our primary focus. In other words; a Managed Backup Service provider like Test My Backups is a perfect partner for your business.
Due to being partnered with the best backup software and cloud service vendors; we’re more than capable in providing your business a cost effective; fully functional disaster recovery solution that is custom tailored to your specific business needs.
In conclusion; there isn’t any real excuse that a business owner can turn to and avoid having a disaster recovery solution implemented.
Contact our team today; we can answer all your questions. Then after this; begin work on implementing your businesses disaster recovery solution!