Businesses need to consider how much data, and potentially money, they are prepared to lose and how long they can work without access to it and their IT systems before deciding on their business continuity plan.
These considerations will define a business’s recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). If you have a low RPO, an RTO of a few days to a week and a limited budget, then a backup solution would be ideal.
If time is more important and you need an easy way to bring systems back online without any difficult configuration, then replication will be key.
If you cannot afford to lose any data or even bear to be a short time away from your IT systems, then a high availability solution is the answer.
Having a secondary site, like a data centre or a cloud solution, decreases the risk and promotes a higher RPO and RTO. We can back up your data, replicate multiple servers and offer complete hosting at either one of our data centres, at an alternative secondary site or in the cloud.
We understand that it’s not enough to replicate your data. If your data is stored, but isn’t accessible, it will become a hinderance to business continuity. If you can access your data and IT systems from another office, from home, etc. or if they can be quickly recovered to their original location, your workforce will be able to carry on working as they did before and true business continuity will have been achieved.
If you have a virtualised platform such as VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V at your primary site, we can implement a Veeam solution off site, which will give you full replication of your local virtual and physical servers. This replicated platform will simply lie dormant in an active-passive mode until disaster occurs, at which time you will be able to access it via the internet.
We can also run an active-active scenario in which the secondary site is ready to kick in should disaster strike, including seamless configuration during the swap over, driven by our software-defined data centre (SDDC). This ensures true business continuity and high availability.
If you do not have a secondary site, we can offer you one of our disaster recovery (DR) suites with private fibre connectivity to our primary data centre. Many of our customers use one of our data centres as their secondary site to enjoy a hybrid cloud solution with part of their data stored on site and a replica in our cloud facility. Some businesses use the hybrid model as their first step towards investing in a cloud-only solution.
For more information on replication, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have extensive experience designing, deploying and supporting business continuity solutions to reduce the burden placed on IT teams.