Driving Responsiveness – Agility Series (Part Four)
“Jason is the kind of guy who’s always in a state of readiness. He likes to think ahead of every possible situation that can go wrong beforehand … especially when it comes to protecting his company’s data. So, he cleverly backs up all systems into a data center two miles away. Of course, living on the Gulf Coast, the weather is prone to stir up hurricanes in a hurry. His data is surely protected and accessible if the local data center goes underwater, right?”
Disasters occur in many forms – power outages, natural disasters, data breaches, equipment failure or even pandemics. Often, they happen without warning. That’s why it is important during this coronavirus business downturn to re-evaluate your data recovery capabilities to ensure you are prepared for the unexpected. In this fourth installment of our Agility series, we focus on data backup and disaster recovery.
Minimize Impact of Downtime with Seamless Failover and Immediate Data Recovery
Backup and Recovery safeguards critical data, applications and systems from permanent loss that can cause major business disruptions. A good rule of thumb is to use a multi-layered approach.
- Backups should be stored in a secure, cloud data center disconnected from the network.
- Backups should be encrypted before it leaves client machines, in transit and at rest in storage.
- Backups should have strong permissions on who has access to the backup storage.
- Backups should have a dedicated team to test, schedule and guarantee your backup processes meet pre-defined Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO).
You might have a great in-house IT team that is terrific at keeping your infrastructure up and running, but often it takes a dedicated team to manage your critical data backup and provide reliable recovery. Managed service providers, like Magna5, can provide backup protection for end-user systems, enterprise infrastructures and cloud applications — regardless of risk type or source. We will provide regularly scheduled, cloud backup stored locally or replicated to a secure offsite data center with multiple points of presence for quick data recovery. In the event of a crippling natural disaster or outage, we restore your entire environment in minutes. Let’s look at a couple of scenarios where Magna5 is helping customers improve their agility to better protect and restore their data in any circumstance.
Non-Profit Community Center – Enabling remote data backup and recovery in a secure cloud environment
An urban community center providing integrated housing, health and social services for people in a homeless or vulnerable at-risk crisis needed an urgent data backup solution. Their data center had become a COVID-19 hotspot with several employees testing positive. They still used tape backup, which means they normally had to physically drive to the data center, change-out backup tapes and deliver them back to the center. Now with the data center off limits due to possible contamination, they could not send people into the building to protect and back up their data. They needed a better solution where they could do it all remotely.
Magna5 rushed to their rescue with a cloud-based data backup solution. Moving several terabytes of data from 12 servers onto a cloud storage in a secure data center managed by Magna5, they now have the convenience of readily available data with easy access through an online portal. The remote transfer of data was completed in less than a day. They no longer must deal with physically handling cumbersome tape libraries, drive time or high expense of tape inventory. The pandemic was a wake-up call to innovate their data backup capabilities for a time such as a national current health crisis.
Finance Company – Providing quick and painless restore of entire environment
A financial institution with remote workers was storing critical data on servers in their local office. If their hardware failed, an office outage occurred or they faced a cyber attack, they knew they did not comply with strict regulations requiring a strong disaster recovery plan to access data in any situation. Downtime events for financial organizations can cause significant loss of revenue.
Reaching out to Magna5, we remotely logged into their servers and set up live replications to a secure data center disconnected from the network. They now have two copies of their entire infrastructure and data with easy access on one platform. Magna5 centrally manages all aspects of backup testing and redundancy. In the event of a crippling natural disaster or outage, we can restore their entire environment in minutes.
Can you protect your organization’s critical assets from a major data loss? Download our free Data Backup and Disaster Recovery mini-booklet to learn more.
Mike Penn joined Magna5 as Senior Content Developer. His role is to bring to life stories that inspire or inject clarity in how managed services and emerging trends can be applied to help organizations operate better and more efficiently.