In today’s ever evolving, uber-connected world, most businesses have little or no tolerance for downtime. Customers have come to expect 24x7 access to products and services. As a data center, our goal is to provide our customers with “always on” access to resources - an inherent trait of a modern data center. Because of the “always on” position that businesses must take, CyberOne Data is pleased to announce a new partnership with Veeam® - software designed for the Always On Enterprise™.
So What is Veeam?
Veeam® is a software based solution that helps organizations achieve recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) of less than 15 minutes for any application, any data or any virtual machine. Using its flagship Veeam Availability Suite™ and integrated Cloud Connect™ product, customers can perform both local and cloud backups and replication for virtual machines running on the VMware and Hyper-V platforms. In addition, agent based backup for physical servers running Windows or Linux can be utilized to provide a complete solution for data protection in a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Today, BCDR plans are more important than they’ve ever been. Organizations of all sizes can and should be prepared for corruption, malware, natural disasters, power loss, and other unforeseen events that can bring a business to a grinding halt and cause immeasurable loss of revenue, productivity and reputation. SMBs are especially vulnerable to downtime. Numbers vary depending on the source you look at, but mounting evidence suggests that around one in four small businesses will not survive a disaster.
Utilize CyberOne Data and Veeam® for Backups and Replication
With this new partnership, we now offer a variety of options for businesses that are looking to bolster their current business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Whether you host VMs, physical servers or a combination of both, CyberOne Data can help design a plan to protect your servers and your data. It's certainly not always a one-size-fits-all, but one of the great things about the Veeam family of products is the simple user interface. You don't have to be a systems engineer to get this stuff working, maintained and managed.
A Real World Example
Let’s look at a practical application of using CyberOne Data and Veeam to build out data backup and replication as part of a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for a small business.
For this example, we'll use a small manufacturing firm. With the prevalence of virtualization today, we’ll assume all three servers at the manufacturing firm that are detailed below are virtualized using VMware’s vSphere.
A typical manufacturing firm likely runs Microsoft Office and stores those files on a file server (server #1). Let’s assume they use the popular Outlook desktop client along with Microsoft Exchange for in-house email (server #2) and QuickBooks (server #3) for their accounting. They also use Customer Relationship Management and Shipping software but decided not long ago to invest in a SaaS solution for those particular needs and feels confident with the service level agreements those providers have offered, no additional protection is needed.
To build a reliable business continuity and disaster plan (full disclosure: this only addresses components of a BCDR plan - this is not an entire plan), let’s look at implementing a simple solution using CyberOne Data and Veeam.
First and foremost, the owner of the manufacturing firm decides he wants to minimize his risk of downtime because his customers expect him to be available at all hours of the day and on weekends. He wants “high availability” for his network environment.
To provide quick and simple high availability for the aforementioned three servers, we begin by installing Veeam Availability Suite on a Windows server at the manufacturing firm’s location. Next, we identify the virtual machines to be backed up and replicated and pick a local storage location to use. A backup schedule is devised to capture both full backups and incremental changes. To then configure offsite backups and replication (part of the 3-2-1 rule), we’ll use the integrated Cloud Connect feature of the Veeam Availability Suite to identify an offsite repository (CyberOne Data) for the backups and replications. We set the jobs in motion and voila! It's really that easy.
If your company is interested in learning more about backing up your data and/or replicating your data, applications or virtual servers, contact us at 1-866-CyberOne or submit an inquiry and we’ll contact you promptly.
About CyberOne Data
CyberOne Data is a privately owned, Tier 2 data center located in the south, central region of Wisconsin. With colocation racks, dedicated servers, backup and disaster recovery services, it's uniquely positioned to offer SMBs affordable ways to operate their systems and infrastructure within the confines of a secure environment. The strategic placement of the data center takes advantage of a low-risk, natural disaster area with low average annual temperatures that assist cooling operations and help reduce operating costs.