What is a datacenter?
Concentrated computing and storage resources are the backbone of an organization’s IT infrastructure for processing, organizing and storing data. These are the data centers. Major applications like Web-servers, email application servers and virtual machines for remote access are all managed from these data centers.
Apart from easier management of your machines, these are some of the reasons for setting up a data center for your organization (small or enterprise):
- Control over the data
- Security and governance
- Safekeeping of critical data
What is disaster recovery?
A datacenter encircles the entire resource(Critical applications and its database) of the organization. This critical resource is also vulnerable to data threats ranging like:
- Machine or hardware failure
- Cyber threats
All of these threats have a common outcome – data loss. It is a no-brainer that your data center needs to be protected from data threats. Protecting from data loss involves efforts in cybersecurity, anti-malware protection, backup & disaster recovery.
But the first three will be of no use during disasters when your entire primary IT infrastructure is down.
In these scenarios, you need a secondary IT setup that you can fall back on. A replica of your critical machines and applications that can be quickly started to reduce the downtime and get your business up and running.
Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery
How does business continuity fit in with disaster recovery? Here is where many are lost.
Business continuity is the superstructure, the overall strategy of all the steps that you take to minimize the damage from an unprecedented data threat. It involves doing a business impact analysis, planning and setting up systems and business functions to quickly move your critical resources (hardware, personnel, and other resources).
DR on the other hand is focussed only on restoring the IT infrastructure operation after a crisis.
Steps to create an effective DR plan
- Analyze your existing environment – Audit your current infrastructure and note all the resources that need to be recovered during a crisis
- Prioritize your workloads/apps/data – Depending upon the type of organization you are, you need to prioritize critical servers and applications for immediate failover
- Set the recovery objectives
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – Set how quickly you want your critical machines up and running.
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – Set from what latest point-in-time you need to be able to restore the resources
- Secondary infrastructure – Setup the target infrastructure with the system requirements to handle the replica or failover of the critical machines/applications
- DR simulation – No strategy can be confirmed without a verified test. Run a DR simulation and see if you’re able to meet your RTOs and RPOs.
Why choose Vembu BDR Suite as the DR solution for your business?
- One solution for all your backup & DR needs – Whether your infrastructure has physical or virtual machines or just critical MS applications, Vembu BDR Suite can handle all your backup needs
- Instant Recovery – Get your business-critical machines up and running in less than 15 minutes to avoid downtime.
- Have a DR Site of your choice – Store a secondary copy of your backup data in another location that either be your own data center or Vembu Cloud
- Centralized monitoring console – Get complete visibility over all your backups, recovery and reports from a single console
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