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Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Double or Nothing: Replication Versus Backups

Originally posted by Navisite

The backup strategy used by most businesses has grown organically. In the early days, the systems administrator would manually copy key files to removable media. Initially a stack of floppy disks would have been adequate. Over time, corporate storage capacity grew and the removable media followed – floppies were replaced by high capacity tapes and hard drives.

Back When Point-in-Time Backups Were Adequate

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Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Disaster Recovery: what happens when it all goes down

Originally posted by Navisite

The beauty of a well-designed disaster recovery plan and designated solution(s) is that initiation of failover and recovery should be largely automated. By reducing the need for human intervention, the data recovery protocol takes care of failover, freeing your in-house IT team to troubleshoot and repair the root cause of the outage.

But what actually happens between the detection of a disaster and the resumption of normal service? The exact details - including timelines - will differ from business to business for infrastructure reasons, but the basic workflow looks like this:

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The best tools for the job: Replication

The best tools for the job: Replication

Originally posted by Navisite

If traditional backup methods have taught us anything, it is the importance of resilience and redundancy. Reducing the points of potential failure during backup and recovery are essential to preventing data loss and ensuring business continuity – which led to the introduction of grandfather-father-son media rotation.

As information has become even more important to operations, data replication has taken availability to the next level. Maintaining geographically disparate live systems further reduces potential points of failure – and downtime in an event.

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11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

11 Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Data Replication Solution

Originally posted by Navisite

Some businesses assume that a robust backup regimen is enough to keep their business running in the event of a disaster. These same organisations often believe that data replication systems are too complex, expensive or simply beyond their requirements.

Fortunately, all three of these beliefs are wrong – here are 11 reasons why every business needs a data replication solution:

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Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Making the Connection between Business and Business Continuity

Broadly speaking, “culture” refers to the attitudes and behaviors of a group of people. It is the way people habitually conduct themselves on a day-to-day basis. Moving from the general to the specific, a business continuity management culture can be defined as people’s all-in commitment to develop and continue to improve business processes and strategies in ways that are aligned with the reality of continuity risk. In such an environment, everybody in the company is pulling together to achieve a common end: the resilience – and therefore the success – of the organization.

If you want to create a business continuity culture that engages every person, you have to put it terms that people can identify and align with. The most effective method is to connect business continuity to what your firm is selling. To do so, spend time answering the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of the industry you are part of? E.g., manufacturing, retail, energy, healthcare, software, services, finance, government.
  • What are you selling? Is it a product or service? Does it require a large or small monetary investment by the client? Does it represent a short- or a long-term commitment by the client?
  • Who are you selling to? What are the demographic characteristics of your target market? What are their pain points? What motivates them?
  • What is the sales model? Do you rely on advertising? Networking? Online or brick-and-mortar sales? What are the various steps in the sales cycle?
  • What retains clients? What generates a great customer experience? What keeps clients coming back for more?

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