What is Business Continuity anyway?
Business Continuity is a system of proactive planning and processes to help your business continue to operate in case of data loss and network system failure. The “Continuity” part of business continuity is where you continue to do business instead of deal with a catastrophic system failure and data loss. If you aren’t prepared for data loss, you will be sorry.
How do we minimize your network downtime in case of a system or hardware failure?
We continually backup and monitor your network and machines to ensure your downtime is minimal. We setup a disaster recovery plan for your business.
While proper business continuity planning is necessary throughout an organization, one technology that enables continuous up-time is virtualization of servers and workstations. A virtualized server or workstation is commonly referred to as a virtual machine or VM. This is essentially a copy of a workstation or server that runs on the hardware of a cloud server, as opposed to the hardware of the original production machine2. The VM is booted off of a production machine’s backup file that is housed in cloud servers. Once the VM is booted, every aspect of the virtual machine (i.e. operating system, applications, and files) will run exactly like the original machine did.
This is invaluable in disaster scenarios, because if the original production machine is taken out of commission, a business can transition to the virtual machine immediately, while the original production machine is repaired or replaced. This is known as failing over. By allowing servers to failover to the cloud, a business is able to combat downtime and continue to manage their data and applications until the local IT infrastructure is fully operational.
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Traditional Backup vs. Business Continuity
Just the facts.
Traditional Backup Systems:
- Can take weeks to recover data after a disaster occurs, if the data is recoverable
- High risk of failure due to heavy manual administration: 58% of downtime is due to human error
- Difficult to test if a backup is working properly
- Time consuming and expensive to make a copy of, and store, backups in multiple locations. 61% of SMBs still ship tapes to an off-site location
- Backup speeds are slower
- Difficult to prioritize important data, files and applications
- Physical to virtual conversions can be time consuming and have a high failure rate
- Data and backups are at risk when based in only one location, either local OR in the cloud
- Limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e., HIPAA, SOX)
- Tape failure rates can exceed 50%
- Potential for theft of loss of media
- Perceived cost savings are deceiving–average cost of downtime is $163,674 per hour3
Intelligent Business Continuity:
- Downtime after a disaster is reduced to hours, minutes, or even seconds
- Fully automated backup process—very little manual management required
- Automated screenshots are taken of each image-based backup, to verify a successful backup
- Each image-based backup is automatically saved in multiple locations for redundancy; local appliance and secure data centers
- Quick and efficient transfer of files to off-site data centers, even with low bandwidth or busy networks
- Critical data can be prioritized, to be transferred offsite first
- Instant virtualization in mere seconds, due to both proprietary technology and already saved VMDKs
- Avoid risk of downtime from a local disaster, as backups are stored in both local device AND secure cloud
- AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption ensures data is safe both at rest and in transit, to meet industry regulations (ie. HIPAA, SOX)
- Minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss
- Off-site backups stored in SSAE16 Type II data centers, ensuring security
- The ability to keep your business running in the event of disaster has immeasurable value
Traditional Backup vs. Business Continuity eBook
Traditional backup methods, such as tape, disk, or online only, are no longer sufficient. In fact, leading edge business owners are finding them unacceptable, due to their inability to recover data quickly and mitigate downtime. Technological innovations have established a comprehensive new standard, Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC). Only an IBC solution will ensure data protection, data security, instant recovery, mitigate downtime and ensure continuity.
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