A good business continuity strategy is underpinned by a robust disaster recovery plan no matter how small or big an organisation is. Fortunately, the cloud has simplified this once complicated area of computing.
On-premises to Cloud Backups
- File Level Backups. This type of backup is for folders and files that may be on laptops/desktops of users or hosted on central file server in your premises. In the event that a file is accidentally deleted, we can restore it from the cloud. Retention policies dictate how far back we can go e.g. if our retention policy is 35 days that means we can restore files that we deleted 35 days ago.
- Long-Term Archival. If your organisation is required to keep data for a specific amount of time before destroying it e.g. a medical facility that must keep patient records for five years before destroying it, this is the type of backup you need. The data is kept in low-cost but highly resilient vaults for the duration of the retention period.
- Virtual Server Backups. These are backups for workloads that are hosted in virtualisation technologies like VMWare or Hyper-V. Your virtual machines are backed up to the cloud and can be restored either in your premises, on another data-center, or in the cloud.
- System and application state backups. These are backups of the state of a system or an application at a certain point in time in case you want to revert to that point.
Cloud-Native Cloud Backups
- File Level Backups and Long-Term Archival. These are similar to the file level backups and long-term archival plans that were discussed earlier, the only difference is that they are faster as they take place on workloads that are already hosted in the cloud.
- Cloud Server Backups. These are backup pans for servers that are in the cloud. Backups can be within one cloud provider or across cloud providers. Cross-provider backups are when you host your workloads with provider A and backing up to provider B.
What is Replication?
Replication is a business continuity practice of continuously copying critical servers to a secondary location where they can be powered up in an instant in case the primary site fails. This secondary site is normally called a DR site in IT circles.
On-premises to Cloud Replication
- Virtual Server Replication. This is replication of workloads from on-premises virtualisation technologies like VMWare or Hyper V. Your virtual machines are contiguously replicated to cloud virtual data-center that’s ready to be bought up at any moment.
Cloud to Cloud Replication
As the name suggests, this is the replication of servers in the cloud.There are two cloud replication strategies.
- Same Provider Replication. Your servers are replicated to a different data-center in the same country or to data-center in a different country that belongs to the same provider.
Cross-Provider Replication. Your servers are replicated to a different data-center in the same country or to data-center in a different country that belongs to a different cloud provider.
- Cross-Provider Replication. Your servers are replicated to a different data-center in the same country or to data-center in a different country that belongs to a different cloud provider.
Talk to us!!
Whatever your business continuity strategy is and no matter the size of your organisation, we’ll assist you develop a fail-safe disaster recovery plan that will ensure your business is always running and manage the whole thing for you so you can focus on more important aspects of your business.