Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a series outlining the StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution. Last week’s post focused on Backup.
While the foundation of any good disaster recovery plan is to start with a good backup, equally important is having a separate copy of your backup in another site. Any storage industry analyst will tell you that it’s a best practice to keep two complete copies of your backup in geographically diverse locations. This is why being able to replicate your backup off-site is the second foundation in the StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution.
At StorageCraft, we always begin our discussions about disaster recovery by emphasizing the need for a local backup. This is because it provides you with the greatest amount of control over your data and the fastest options for recovery. And most “disasters” are the kind that can be fixed on-site: hardware failure, power failure, or simply human error. But even though a minority of disasters are the kind that completely take out an office site, most businesses don’t want to gamble that they’ll never face a situation where they’ll lose their systems and their backups.
I’m sure many businesses never dreamed of a scenario where their generators and their data centers would fail, until Hurricane Sandy hit. That superstorm brought the need for offsite replication front and center in many people’s minds. It’s exactly that kind of situation that is the reason StorageCraft offers several ways you can replicate —whether it’s to your own private cloud or to the StorageCraft Cloud with StorageCraft Cloud Services.
With StorageCraft ImageManager, you can use ultra-rapid StorageCraft ShadowStream technology or StorageCraft intelligentFTP technology to replicate your data to your own private cloud. If your business is dealing with limited system resources, StorageCraft ImageManager 6 may be the ideal way to replicate ShadowProtect backups offsite, because it includes a bandwidth throttling feature. You can set it to replicate during the hours when most employees are not working and limit replication during the hours when your office is open.
StorageCraft Cloud Services has a number of options to replicate backups to an offsite location. If you just need an archive for your backups, Cloud Basic is the way to go. But if you want a self-serve way to recover files and folders quickly, you’ll want to opt for Cloud +. The crown jewel of StorageCraft Cloud Services is our Cloud Premium level which features StorageCraft ShadowCloud technology. At the premium level you can completely virtualize one of your critical servers in the StorageCraft Cloud in moments. That way when disaster strikes your business site, you can failover your server in the StorageCraft Cloud and keep business running, even if you no longer have an office building! Imagine what a relief it would be to know that you can keep in contact with your employees and your customers while you get your office site sorted out.
Remember, no matter which option you choose, it’s most important to replicate your backups and keep those backup copies in a place far enough away that it won’t be impacted by a local or regional disaster.
Coming up, I’ll take a look at ways StorageCraft helps you Manage your backups with the StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution.