Business continuity (BC)...Disaster recovery planning (DR)...Where do you start?
Living and working in the gulf states area forces us to address the issues of BC/DR. Disaster recovery (DR) is the process of recovering IT systems and processes after a major catastrophe. Business continuity (BC) planning suggests more of an avoidance or a proactive approach to mitigating the IT risks and continuing to operate and do business before, during and after a major disaster or small system failure. At Tradentrix, we like to focus our efforts more on the BC side.
Members of Tradentrix staff have experienced disasters first-hand and have worked with companies to recover after those events. We like to focus on technologies that assist IT departments in mitigating the risks in their critical systems. Some examples of these technologies include replication (SAN or host-based), backup software and hardware, virtualization, and hosted or what is now more commonly known as "cloud computing" solutions.
For SAN based replication, Compellent storage area networks can do synchronous and asynchronous replication between SANs in a few clicks. Virtual machines can be replicated to a company's DR site or another data center very easily and then brought online at that data center with very little effort.
VMware's Site Recovery Manager (SRM) automates this whole process of replicating VMs to another site and providing a simple validation of the recovery which is very important. A validation report is available for auditors to show what systems are being protected.
We offer backup solutions from Symantec such as Backup Exec for physical servers, Exchange, SQL, etc. Tradentrix also offers virtualization backup and replication software from Veeam for virtual servers.
For hosted solutions, we have partnered with Mozy for offsite backup and recovery. They have multiple data centers and have strong data encryption to keep your data secure. Mozy is simple and easy for IT staff to deploy and manage.
Let us know how we can help your organization avoid a disaster before it strikes.