Is There a “Low-Cost” Recovery Site?
As concerns grow surrounding cybersecurity disasters and instability in the region (specifically North Korea) companies have to be thinking beyond just data backup. Focusing more on the process of data recovery is becoming a hot topic.
What if Disaster Strikes in Tokyo or any Other City?
Most small & medium businesses we talk to don’ t actually have a separate site dedicated to disaster recovery (DR) or what we refer to as a “recovery site”. However, with the rise of cybersecurity disasters in 2017 we see growing motivation to implement an effective offsite backup & DR plan in 2018.
Of course there are a number of very good reasons to implementing a “recovery site” and there are also objections. One of the main objections to setting up a DR site is of course cost. Another popular objection is the lack of technical staff or inadequate skills. Still another is identifying a secondary location and continued maintenance of that location which should be geographically separated from the main site.
For business that migrate their physical servers to virtual systems such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware there are low-cost options available for implementing a recovery site. For example, a standard 2 to 4 server virtual environment in a Tokyo office can be fully recoverable to a dedicated, secure data center in Osaka.
How does a “low-cost” recovery site work?
· Full image backups are encrypted and transferred to the recovery site
· Backup images are restored to recovery site infrastructure
· Recovery site can be securely accessed remotely via VPN client
The recovery site will incrementally restore data after every successful backup so the recovery site will always be available with a zero recovery time objective (RTO). Why? Because the data has already been restored automatically so there is no time or steps involved in recovering data which is typically very time consuming. With a “recovery site” the data is always available!
In the event of a disaster, the recovery site can be securely accessed via VPN. The recovery site will become primary until the original site is ready for full restoration. New backups will be taken from the recovery site in the same manner as before, but now as primary. When the original site is ready, current backups will be restored and the original site will once again become primary.