Disaster Recovery Planning

While there are many options to prevent data loss (i.e. RAID, LVM Mirroring, etc.), none of these options will help to recover your business when disaster strikes. As businesses in the vicinity of Hurricane Sandy found out, unless you have your data offsite you are vulnerable to heavy losses trying to get servers back online.

Having an offsite strategy is crucial to any Disaster Recovery (DR) plan. When designing your strategy, you need to consider two important metrics: Return To Operation time (RTO) and your Recovery Point Objective (RPO). The RTO is how long it will take to be back in business. Your RPO is the amount of data loss your business can tolerate after restoring from your most recent backup.

Luckily, SBAdmin can help with both of these important items.

Return To Operation (RTO)
With SBAdmin, you can restore your entire mission-critical systems in a fraction of the time it takes to re-install the OS and reconfigure your applications. Since SBAdmin utilizes our method of Adaptable System Recovery (ASR), you do not need to spend crucial time tracking down the exact same hardware as the original systems. SBAdmin can recover your system images to dissimilar hardware or to a virtual environment without worrying about incompatible drivers or different storage configurations.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
Because SBAdmin is a file-based and not an image-based backup product, you have the ability to perform incremental and/or differential backups of the entire OS. It is very easy to set up an SBAdmin server in a remote site with your level-0 full system backups and perform regular incremental or differential backups remotely. Because the OS data changes much less frequently than user data, you can perform incremental or differential backups on a daily or even hourly basis with very little data transfer.

Cloudy Days Ahead
With this ability to send limited data to the SBAdmin backup server, you can also set up remote system in the cloud. This can provide a redundant and non-geographic-specific location for your offsite backup data. If you interested in performing backups to the cloud, contact our support team for assistance.