Backup & Disaster Recovery

The terms backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) are often misused and misunderstood when discussing the growing need to protect data and IT systems. As security breaches become more commonplace it is important to understand the difference between the two. Backup is the process of making an extra copy (or multiple copies) of data. You back up data to protect it. You might need to restore backup data if you encounter an accidental deletion, database corruption, or problem with a software upgrade. Disaster recovery, on the other hand, refers to the plan and processes for quickly reestablishing access to applications, data, and IT resources after an outage. That plan might involve switching over to a redundant set of servers and storage systems until your primary data center is functional again. Some organizations mistake backup for disaster recovery. But as they may discover after a serious outage, simply having copies of data doesn’t mean you can keep your business running. To ensure business continuity, you need a robust, tested disaster recovery plan.

Automatic

Backups are made automatically through a schedule. Therefore human intervention is unnecessary.

Peace of Mind

Cloud backup is ‘fire and forget’ software; once configured, it works fully automatically.

High Availability

With cloud backup your data is continuously and directly available. When you lose data, you can immediately start with restoring your data.

Endpoint Backup

Windows
Linux
mac OS

VM Backup

Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware
Citrix XenServer
Red Hat Virtualization
Linux KVM
Oracle VM Server for x86

Server

Windows Server
Linux
Image-Based
Bare-metal Recovery

Applications

Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SharePoint
Active Directory

Cloud

Microsoft 365
G Suite
Azure
Amazon EC2

The importance of planning & key terms

Your organization cannot afford to neglect backup or disaster recovery. If it takes hours to retrieve lost data after an accidental deletion, your employees or partners will sit idle, unable to complete business-critical processes that rely on your technology. And if it takes days to bring your business back online after a disaster, you stand to permanently lose customers. Given the amount of time and money you could lose in both cases, investments in backup and disaster recovery are completely justified.
Our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions are designed to get the systems you want to protect up and working again in the event of a major failure. They are tailored to your specific business objectives. Whether you want to recover a daily backup, or you need a multi-site solution that protects every transaction, we work with you to design the DRaaS solution that meets your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

Drastic Reduction of restore times

Thanks to Disaster Recovery solution you have the ability to restore systems, services and applications in short times and get significantly lower RTO and RPO. According to the parameters defined in your DR plan, you could drastically reduce restore times on the basis of your needs, which would be completely impossible without using a Disaster Recovery solution.

Recovery time objective (RTO)

is the amount of time it takes to recover normal business operations after an outage. As you look to set your RTO, you’ll need to consider how much time you’re willing to lose—and the impact that time will have on your bottom line. The RTO might vary greatly from one type of business to another. For example, if a public library loses its catalog system, it can likely continue to function manually for a few days while the systems are restored. But if a major online retailer loses its inventory system, even 10 minutes of downtime—and the associated loss in revenue—would be unacceptable.

Recovery point objective (RPO)

refers to the amount of data you can afford to lose in a disaster. You might need to copy data to a remote data center continuously so that an outage will not result in any data loss. Or you might decide that losing five minutes or one hour of data would be acceptable.

Failover

is the disaster recovery process of automatically offloading tasks to backup systems in a way that is seamless to users. You might fail over from your primary data center to a secondary site, with redundant systems that are ready to take over immediately.

Failback

is the disaster recovery process of switching back to the original systems. Once the disaster has passed and your primary data center is back up and running, you should be able to fail back seamlessly as well.

Restore

is the process of transferring backup data to your primary system or data center. The restore process is generally considered part of backup rather than disaster recovery.

What's Next?

Choose a backup solution that gives you access to your data anytime, from anywhere. MRT has the solutions you need to save money, reduce your risk of noncompliance, stay safe from ransomware and keep your business growth on track. Please contact our team today or call 0114 491 0799 to see how MRT can help you achieve the best from your IT.