If you are not sure what Business Disaster Recovery is then we suggest checking out this blog here.
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Business Disaster Recovery or BDR for short could be the best investment you ever make although we hope that you never need to take advantage of what it provides. Confused? Let me explain.
BDR stores snapshots of your entire system files and all in such a way that they can be used to run in the cloud at a moment’s notice.
What does “run in the cloud” mean?
What this means is we can run an exact copy of your server from the cloud and enable you to connect to it and access your company data and systems in a very short amount of time.
Why should you care?
Think of BDR like an insurance policy that pays out very quickly. For example; god forbid something happens to your server and it is out of action for whatever reason, you will be able to get access to an exact copy of it in the cloud and continue to keep working with minimal disruption.
Examples could be but not limited to:
- Fire or flood
- Failure of the server
- Theft or damage
As unlikely as these scenarios may be they do happen and businesses often fail to recover as a result.
It does not matter if it is fire ripping through the offices burning it to the ground or flooding that makes the office temporarily unavailable, you are ready to hit the big red button (metaphorical) and invoke your BDR plan and your backup server will whizz into life enabling you to access your data and systems.
This all forms part of your Disaster Recovery Plan or Business Continuity Plan (you have one of those right?) The plan of action of what and who does what and when in the event of a disaster.
This is more often than not a requirement for business insurance and in some cases a regulatory requirement.
BDR will cover the data element of these plans and ensure whatever happens, your data is safe and accessible at all times.
How does it work?
There are three copies of your data and snapshots of your server in three different physical locations:
- On a NAS drive on your premises
- On our servers in a secure location
- In a purpose built data centre
All copies are up to date and only data changes are transferred which means it all happens very quickly.
The system is constantly building a virtual server in the cloud using the snapshots and files and if it were ever needed could be turned on and accessed via the internet in a matter of minutes.
Will I still need to run or pay for a separate backup solution to retrieve files?
No, BDR replaces your existing backup solution which in most cases only backs up the files and does not provide the functionality of a BDR solution.
Sounds amazing, does it cost the earth?
If you are paying a monthly fee for your backup, then in many cases upgrading to a full BDR solution is only a relatively low increase in monthly fees. BDR is a monthly service and the cost is dependent on how much data you have.
Prices start from £150 a month + VAT
Will my existing backup not suffice?
Backups are better than nothing that’s for sure. In the event of any of the previous disaster examples you would indeed have your files but you would need to wait for a new server to be provided and built before you have access to everything again. This could be a week or two. Can you afford to be without your key data and systems for a week or two?
If BDR is something you think your company needs, then feel free to contact any of our team to discuss further or you can download our whitepaper here.