Disaster Recovery

More than just picking up the pieces!

Disaster Recovery isn't always about protecting yourself from a major catastrophe like fire or flood. In fact, more often than not, it's about protecting your business from a single failure of a critical application.

What would happen if your main production server crashed? How long would it take to get back up and running and resuming business? How much in lost revenue would that outage cost you? And have you been thinking "Disaster Recovery of our IT systems is just way too expensive and difficult for something that won't happen anyway?" Well, it doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, and we will show you how.

As IT systems have become increasingly critical to the smooth operation of a company, the importance of ensuring the continued operation of those systems, or the rapid recovery of the systems, has increased.

It is estimated that most large companies spend between 2 and 4% of their IT budget on disaster recovery planning, aiming to avoid larger losses in the event that the business cannot continue to function due to loss of IT infrastructure and data.

  • 43% never reopen,
  • 51% close within two years, and
  • only 6% will survive long-term.

It doesn't always have to be about the big disaster

What about if your main application server running your operations has a complete hardware failure and needs to be rebuilt?

Ok, great you have a back-up of the data. But what about the new server to be ordered and delivered, the time to rebuild the application and its data? How many days worth of billing are you potentially losing? Business  Continuity can be more of a priority than catering for the 1 in 100 year flood.

Discovery Technology can show you how you can protect your IT systems down to the individual application, and recover within minutes, at a fraction of the cost of years gone by.

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Features of this solution:

  • Automatic verification of backups
  • Consolidation of backups to manage storage considerations
  • Virtual boot for fast recovery of the onsite server
  • Offsite replication, including a resume function if disrupted, and a fast offsite recovery if necessary
  • We keep replacement server hardware available for immediate deployment

Discover our approach -
It's all about RTOs and RPOs.

What are these you ask?

RTO - Recovery Time Objectives
The time required to bring a system back up

RPO - Recovery Point Objectives
How much data is acceptable to be irretrievably lost

Our experienced consultants will sit down with you and guide you through the process of identifying your critical IT resources you would need in a range of disaster events. Some events are more likely than others, and some have less impact than others.

Discover the Technology Enablers...

ShadowProtect by StorageCraft

From a technology standpoint, there are many ways to achieve Disaster Recovery. One cost effective option is ShadowProtect by StorageCraft.

  • Enables server restore times of 5-10 minutes.
  • Rapid recovery from bare metal, to dissimilar hardware or to and from virtual environments.
  • Centralised backup administration from a management console.
  • VMware compatible
  • Automatic backup of SQL, Exchange and other critical applications.
  • Granular recovery of individual files and folders in moments.
The Disaster Recovery plan considers four types of computer related disasters:
  1. Low system risk - Loss/failure of magnetic backup media.
     
  2. Minor failure of critical system - Loss/failure of one or more server applications, loss of Internet connection, users affected.
     
  3. Major failure of critical system - Loss of computer hardware - includes loss of file server(s), file server data, file server applications software, loss of client-server connectivity, loss of a/c unit, loss of hubs and cable termination, users affected and unable to work.
     
  4. Major disaster - Loss of entire computer system - this could potentially incorporate a complete office staff relocation due to environmental conditions.

We will produce a detailed IT Disaster Recovery plan with each implementation.

Tape or disk backup

Well, it all depends on how quickly you want to be able to restore.

All a tape does is store data, whereas the best disk-based software can take a complete image of your OS, your settings and your applications.

With a disk-based solution, you don't have to search for media or for applications. It is all right there. We will work with you to determine the right solution.

Talk to Discovery today - we have years of experience in preparing and protecting businesses and their critical data against the many threats that exist, and placing those businesses in the best position to safely recover, whilst minimising loss, from an actual disaster whether it is minor or major.