Disaster recovery (DR) is a process that defines how you protect and recover your IT systems, keeping them running in the event of an outage or IT issue.
Data and IT systems are an integral component of any business and measures need to be taken to protect them against loss and enable complete, rapid recovery in the event of an incident.
If your business relies on an online presence or a critical IT platform and system, then the amount of time you are offline or systems are down could directly affect your productivity, revenue and customer confidence, so ensuring you can restore services in a timely fashion is critical.
Below you’ll see some top tips when considering your disaster recovery planning and find details of the disaster recovery solutions that Secura offer. You can also download IT Pro’s Disaster Recovery Guide for free to explore DR in more detail and why it matters, helping to guide you towards an effective solution.
Don’t just stop at backup – think about replication
Most businesses don’t have time to wait to restore data from a backup and build a new server or services from scratch, so require some form of continuous replication to ensure they can continue operations without data loss.
Look for the simplest solution for your Disaster Recovery
DR doesn’t have to be complex. A DR solution needs to integrate seamlessly into your current systems and services, rather than complicating your IT environment with different software and hardware.
Put in place a runbook now
A runbook is an ordered list of processes for how to restore your systems if a disaster has occurred and ensures you have a plan to follow to bring services back successfully if issues develop.
Partner with an expert
Choose a disaster recovery service provider with the expertise to support your infrastructure, so you have confidence that they can effectively restore your systems if you experience an outage.
Work with your DR provider to design a solution that aligns to your business
Your disaster recovery solution needs to align to your business requirements, from the overall DR design to your RTO and RPO objectives, right through to the SLAs put in place by your cloud service provider.
Secura’s disaster recovery solutions can be integrated with your existing infrastructure or form part of your Secura cloud solution, giving you complete copies of your systems and business data, with the ability to restore it rapidly if needed.
Our solutions offer the flexibility to work in-line with your systems, software and continuity requirements and can be fully managed by Secura or self managed (with our Cloud DR), with full support available when you need it from our UK-based service desk team.
With our managed disaster recovery solution, you can replicate and store secure copies of your business data, available to recover rapidly when needed. Our cloud platform has been designed to offer a resilient, highly available infrastructure, ideal for supporting critical requirements.
Distributed across three UK data centres and with connectivity to multiple Tier I carriers, your data is securely protected and recoverable when you need it.
We offer completely transparent, resource based pricing structures for your disaster recovery service. You only pay for the resources you actually need to protect and recover, making effective disaster recovery accessible, whatever your business or platform size.
Our range of RTOs will get your systems back online quickly in-line with your business continuity strategy and all our DR services are backed by strict SLAs for total piece of mind.
Secura’s Cloud DR solution delivers a streamlined, cost-effective Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for VMware workloads.
This cloud-based disaster recovery technology, leverages VMware vCloud Availability to enable near instant recovery of protected virtual machines.
You can add Secura Cloud Disaster Recovery to any of your VMware-based workloads, onsite, from your data centre or from your existing cloud computing platform.
Simple to configure and operate, replication, migration and failover can be managed completely by you, or provided as a managed service by our team of VMware experts.
Secura uses server and storage technology from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to underpin our disaster recovery solutions.
HPE’s 3PAR hardware provides advanced, robust storage technology that enables reliable, rapid recovery of customer data, when they need it most.
3PAR hardware also offers a range of attractive security options, such as data encryption at the hardware level. Managed by the StoreServ system, the Self-Encrypted Drives (SEDs) come with no performance impact and in the event of drive failure, tampering or theft, the data is completely protected against unauthorised access.
Written by the experts at IT Pro, this guide is designed to help readers understand what DR is, the crucial role it plays in modern IT infrastructure and offers an example of how to protect business continuity.
Backing up your database is keeping a copy of your organisation’s data so if your IT systems encounter issues, there is a copy of your data that has not been affected.
> Business Continuity
Business continuity planning (BCP) is all about ensuring your entire business, not just your IT, can continue to function in the event of a disaster.
RPO (or Recovery Point Objective) is the number of minutes, or hours of data you can afford to lose should a disaster occur.
RTO (or Recovery Time Objective) is the amount of time it takes to get failed IT services back up and running again. It is a measure of how long your business can cope without access to IT services.
A runbook is a set of best practices and instructions detailing what should be done in the event of an outage or disaster.
> High Availability (HA)
Infrastructure with high availability means that there are no single points of failure – if a piece of physical hardware fails there is another rapidly available, ensuring your service is always online.
> Primary Site
Primary site refers to the main site where your IT systems are located. A DR or Secondary site is where your service can failover to in the event of an outage at the Primary Site.
> Active Active
In an Active Active IT environment both the Primary and Secondary Site are running concurrently so in the event of a disaster at one site, services are instantly available at the other.
> Active Passive
In an Active Passive configuration the Secondary Site isn’t running concurrently, it is Passive, and so recovery times are not always instant.
Lift the lid on disaster recovery, what it is, the processes and technology involved and strategies and procedures you could consider to protect business continuity.
Resilience and the ability to bounce back from a crisis is absolutely vital. And this report looks in detail at what DR involves, why it matters and draws on industry expertise to help guide you towards an effective solution for your business’s requirements.
Written by the experts at IT Pro and featuring Secura and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the IT Pro Guide to Disaster Recovery is an informative reference for anyone looking to learn about the importance of disaster recovery to modern IT infrastructure.
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