Big or small, Enterprise or SMB -- if you don’t have a solid
backup and recovery system in place, your IT and business is at risk. And when disaster strikes, it usually won't be cheap.
In fact, a recent survey from Aberdeen Group found the average cost of a disaster-related downtime will run you around $138,000 per hour! So getting things back up and running as quickly as possible is imperative to the bottom line.
If you aren't sure what you need in a new backup and disaster recovery solution, check out the Key Elements of a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy: Virtual and Physical
from AppAssure and written by Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert Greg Shields. It recommends four key capabilities
and five features to look for in a disaster recovery solution.
Four Key Capabilities for a Disaster Recovery Solution
The key business-level capabilities that a modern disaster recovery solution should have are:
- Push-button failover
– For both virtual and physical servers, see that you can have
immediate recovery from any system outage at the push of a button though
- Bare-metal recovery –
Eliminate the expensive and difficult “requirement” of having the exact
same hardware ready to receive the restore; rather, restore your servers
on any available hardware.
- Integrated data replication
– Back up your data off-site using today’s best practice of replicating
a copy of backup data over the network to a remote location or cloud
- Easy off-site recovery –
Whether you’re replicating your data to off-site backup servers or to
the cloud, when recovery is needed, simply click to copy the data back
to your site.
Five Features to Look for in a Disaster Recovery Solution
achieve the four capabilities listed above, the disaster recovery
solution you are considering should have these specific features:
- Push-button failover for physical and virtual machines
– Look for solutions offering an automated, push-button failover
capability that can deploy servers to any available virtual host.
- Push-button disaster recovery testing – Look for solutions with this feature that enables production servers to continue running unaffected.
- Bare-metal server recovery – Look for solutions that can restore backup images anywhere – virtual, physical, or cloud.
- Mountable server snapshots
– Look for solutions that natively mount and deliver access to data
inside backup images, which provide a direct approach for getting data
out of any production application.
- Off-site backup replication
– Look for solutions that efficiently compress, deduplicate, and
replicate your backup data, in both directions, and to the wide range of
off-site storage options.
Download Key Elements of a Successful Disaster Recovery Strategy: Virtual and Physical to learn more.