What do we mean exactly when we refer to recovery? Well, when you recover, you should be getting something back, right? Your hard drive fails, so you’ve got a backup to recover from. If you lose a file, you can quickly and easily dig into your backup and snag it.
Having only one method of recovery available to you means you can’t be very flexible, and when we’re talking about disaster recovery, the only way to handle anything that comes your way is to be flexible enough to find a solution to any of the problems that might arise. With that said, let’s look at the powerful recovery options we’ve got available as part of our Recover-Ability solution so you can see how easy flexibility can be.
File and Folder Recovery
The simplest and quickest method of recovery is file and folder recovery. Since ShadowProtect takes incremental backups, you’ve got point-in-time snapshots of your hard drives from whenever you took your first backup until now. This means that if you accidentally delete or lose a file, you can time-travel back to one of those previous backups and grab the file or folder you’re missing in less than a minute. To learn how, check out this tech tip.
Tech Tips with Steve: Recovering a file or folder
VirtualBoot is simple, but powerful. Simply put, VirtualBoot creates a virtual machine from any ShadowProtect backup image you have. This means a business can continue quickly on a VM following a failure. VirtualBoot provides users with a very quick, temporary replacement of a failed system server. This technology is useful if you need a system fail-over, or you want to run a backup test, or access application-specific data you couldn’t get with a file and folder recovery. Check out the user guide to review VirtualBoot scenarios, or check out the tech tip below to learn how to create a virtual machine using VirtualBoot.
Tech Tips with Steve: Virtualizing an image using VirtualBoot
Hardware Independent Restore
A regular restore works when you’re restoring a volume to the same type of hardware, but if you’re not, you’ll need to do a Hardware Independent Restore (HIR). The StorageCraft Recovery Environment is built with an extensive list of drivers so you can recover to dissimilar hardware without tracking them down yourself. Simply select the “Use Hardware Independent Restore” option as you go through the restore wizard in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment, kick back, and watch as your backup images are restored to entirely different machines. For a more detailed look at HIR, check out this KB article, or refer to the tech tip below to get started now.
Tech Tips with Steve: Using Hardware Independent Restore
HeadStart Restore (HSR) is a premium feature of StorageCraft ImageManager that can be used to make virtual or physical server migration simple and smooth. Basically, HSR pre-stages a backup job as a virtual machine. Using this patented technology, you can have your server running again in about fifteen minutes. Here’s an example.
Let’s say you’ve got a critical production server running. You need to make sure this server is never down for too long, so you’ve allocated some space on another server that you can failover to. HeadStart Restore will pre-stage your backups as a virtual machine on the second server, which means when disaster comes, your multi-terabyte system is already 99% recovered. All you need to do is apply the final backup image, restart, and you’re up and running.
That’s just one example of how to use HeadStart Restore. You can check out others by reading these scenarios. Or, check out this tech tip.
Tech Tips with Steve: Prestaging with HeadStart Restore
StorageCraft Cloud Services
Suppose your own or a client’s office is destroyed and you need to get the machines back on track right away. While you work towards restoring the physical servers you have onsite, you can spin up the backups you sent to StorageCraft Cloud Services as virtual machines. Each recovery point in our cloud can be spun up as a virtual machine instance with an IP address or a virtual machine networked on a VPN. You can spin up virtual machines in our cloud almost instantly, allowing you the flexibility to keep business running no matter what happens onsite. For some more detailed information about StorageCraft Cloud Services, check out the Cloud Services page, or check out this tech tip.
Tech Tips with Steve: Virtualizing in the Cloud
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