Using Azure Site Recovery to Survive Data Disaster.
Is your business lost in the maze of disaster preparedness options? Are you headed in the right direction? If disaster strikes, recovering from it could cost you thousands of dollars – plus losing the trust of your customers and vendors. Having a plan to save your business from unexpected, painful events will help you get back on track quickly. Microsoft Azure has new functionality that makes disaster recovery simple, affordable, and reliable. It’s called Azure Site Recovery.
Using this service, virtualized servers are replicated to Microsoft Azure and infrastructure can be brought online quickly if something happens.
Everyone Who Uses Technology Needs Disaster Recovery Backup.
Most businesses rely on technology to run their day-to-day processes – think email, Word docs, customer information and ordering systems, inventory, and accounting.
Other companies are all about the tech – think Uber, Airbnb, Constant Contact, and many others.
So, if something disastrous happens – and you don’t have a solution like Azure Site Recovery in place – your business grinds to a halt, whether tech is your main business or ‘just’ how you get your work done every day.
What could go wrong?
Well, there’s earthquakes, electrical storms, fire, criminal activity, and potentially disgruntled employees who wreak havoc as they exit.
Without a backup plan, your business could be in BIG trouble.
Let’s put it bluntly.
If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, you’re at risk for complete business failure.
What Should be Included in a Plan?
Disaster plans can cover everything from how to get out of your store or office during a fire drill, to how to get back up and running if your servers are buried in rubble.
While it’s important to customize a plan for your business, every plan should include:
If You Don’t Test it, How Do You Know That it is Working?
Testing is the lynchpin of any disaster recovery program. Without it, your business is kidding itself. If you are not testing Recovery Point Objective (RPO), then how do you know how 30 minutes of missing data will be reconstructed within your organization? How do you know that you can meet your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) without testing?
Murphy’s Law says that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and understand how it works.
If you are a business decision maker, you might hand this over to your IT team. But it’s important to ask some questions to make sure you have full coverage for your business.
A few questions:
Evaluate Your Cloud Solution Options
During a disaster, humans have other priorities than failing over their virtual machines. Automating your solution is key to ensuring success.
A cloud solution such as Azure Site Recovery will help you recover quickly. – And it’s less expensive than having your own datacenter to support and protect.
It’s a practical solution for any business, but it makes especially good financial sense for a smaller organization.
But not all cloud providers are equal – so you’ll need to do some research to compare Azure Site Recovery to the competition.
A few considerations:
The Importance of Geo-Redundancy Using Azure Site Recovery, you leverage the Microsoft cloud.
That gives you verifiable geo-redundancy.
Geo-redundancy means that your data is stored – duplicated – in more than one geographical region. So, if one area is hit by a hurricane, flood, criminal activity, or electrical storm, your data would be safe in a datacenter across the country.
More than that, geo-redundancy allows your data to be available – even during the disaster.
So, What Do You Need to Consider? – Complexity Vs. Costs
When you create your Disaster Recovery plan, you’ll need to weigh the trade-offs between complexity vs. costs.
Five Parts of a Disaster Recovery Plan:
The intivix team will deploy Azure Site Recovery and create a disaster recovery plan within the Microsoft Azure portal for you. The disaster recovery plans can be as simple or as advanced as your business requirements demand.
Your business continuity and the safety of your data is HIGH PRIORITY.
We’re here to help you with all stages of strategy, planning, and implementation.