“We backup our data every day. That’s a good DR strategy…Right?”

You do backups because you know you have to. If you don’t, it’s like driving around without a spare tire – you are asking for trouble. Periodical file-level backup can work fine for an individual. For example, you spilled coffee on your laptop. Since you stored your Q2 reports in a cloud storage provider like Dropbox, you can easily get them back.

But businesses operate differently. Backing up daily doesn’t mean an enterprise will be back to work quickly.

Offsite backup is only part of disaster recovery.

In most cases, it is not just data that needs restoring, but a complete working environment. That’s disaster recovery.

Years ago, if your entire infrastructure was destroyed in a fire and your company had really deep pockets, you’d have a hot site ready to go- at least for critical applications. Then you would need to order new hardware (and pray it’s backward compatible), install new operating systems and all applications (and again pray that all settings would remain). Oh and all this cost you 80+ hours of IT manpower.

But the increasing usage of virtualization has made disaster recovery faster, easier and cheaper

With Veeam Cloud Connect, you can backup a single VM or your entire virtual environment. You can recreate an entire machine from backup to an original location or even to a cloud provider’s hosted environment.

In a typical DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) offering, VM replication, network setup & configuration, resources (like CPU and RAM) and even load balancing are embedded in the service and setup before a disaster occurs. You have little to do other than sign on the dotted line.

Deciding to implement a DIY disaster recovery design or work with a DRaaS provider will come down to your core business strengths. Should your organization spend time, resources and capital investment when they could leverage a provider?

Having your DR plan tested is another critical component to a successful Disaster Recovery design, especially testing the recoverability of the images taken of your server environment. It not only ensures recoverability but helps you discover problems you have not noticed before.

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