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Use virtualisation to help provide your offsite disaster recovery solution

Posted by Gary Hocking on 09/02 at 10:30 AM Disaster recovery, Data centre,

What would you lose if your site suffered fire, flood or property damage? It’s not just about the buildings themselves. What about your internal IT infrastructure? And if you had no access to this, how would your business continue operation?

I hear these types of comments on a daily basis: “We have a USB drive that we take offsite when we remember.” Or, “We’ve never had a reason to worry about data as it is backed up somewhere.”

If you do have all your data located on a USB hard drive, tape or even to a cloud backup location; that is just the first step. Now ask yourself, what do you do with this when your server/s have been lost or damaged beyond repair?

In the past, this has normally involved having to locate and purchase new server hardware and restore the data to the server/s. As you can imagine, this is a long and very time-consuming exercise and one that only works if you have useable data to restore.

And will you be able to get replacement hardware that is identical to your old server/s? Different hardware can in itself cause a heap of trouble. How and where will you source this hardware from in the quickest possible timeframe?

It’s not all doom and gloom! There is a silver lining and that comes in the form of virtualisation and offsite disaster recovery (DR).

There are many reasons to migrate to virtualisation: flexibility, expandability, agility and, from a cost perspective, you save heavily on power, cooling and rack space. 

You may be thinking that you have already made the step to virtualisation and have gained all these benefits, but whether you have a physical or virtual infrastructure, your DR protection is negated if it is still located on site.

This is where the power of virtualisation really plays a hand in business agility, as there are built-in mechanisms within virtualisation that allow the replication of your virtual server infrastructure to an offsite DR location. 

We host DR platforms for many of our customers in one of our highly resilient data centres. They access them via simple VPN connections or over dedicated leased lines either from their own sites or one of our own DR suites designed to provide office space when the customers’ offices are unavailable. It can be as simple or as complex as your business requires and we can design, configure and support this for you from start to finish.

If you are looking at virtualisation, hosting or offsite DR solutions and want to go over all of your options, please give me a call on 01392 369369 or email swcomms today.

 
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Gary Hocking on 09/02/2016

Gary moved from a senior technical role into presales bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of our product portfolio.

An IT engineer since 2008 and then an IT consultant, his expertise includes virtualisation, disaster recovery, business continuity, dedicated & hosted exchange, cloud and Microsoft Server technologies, anti-spam & anti-virus protection, content filtering, LAN, WAN and Wi-Fi, and Internet connectivity.

Away from IT, Gary recently took one for the team when he competed in and won an inter-departmental doubles canoeing challenge singlehandedly, despite a near-drowning experience when he was younger. #hero


Contact: gary.hocking@swcomms.co.uk