Cloud Offers Disaster Recovery as Hurricanes Wreak Havoc


While physical clouds have brought destruction to the Houston area, and now Irma is on the path to do much the same to the Caribbean, Florida, and other parts of the East Coast of the United States, businesses — including Kaseya, which is headquartered in Miami — are buckling down for the impact.

However, another kind of cloud can be a lifesaver for critical data held by companies in harm’s way from hurricanes and other natural disasters. Cloud backup may not restore your business’ physical plant back to where it was, but it can do exactly that for your data.

If you are still in range of this storm, or worried about the next one, now would be a good time to look at cloud backup.

In fact, a great cloud backup solution is, by definition, a form of disaster recovery (DR) for your data. The largest enterprises already have effective, but highly expensive disaster recovery plans, with multiple tiers of data backup, generally including the cloud or at least data stored at off-site locations.

SMBs do not have this luxury – or budget. However, they can be just as much in the path of the devastation. For their data, cloud backup is the best, and sometimes only possible answer to protecting information and applications in the event of a massive hurricane.

With such looming storm danger, we hope all concerned stay safe.

If you want to contribute, Business Insider has a list of Best Charities for Hurricane Harvey.

Here is a list from CNBC for Best Charities for Hurricane Irma.

Disaster Recovery Fundamentals

Just as it sounds, DR is designed to protect your business in the event of a major crisis, whether it is a systems meltdown, natural disaster, fire, or a once-in-a-lifetime hurricane.

DR promises a full and total recovery of data, but does not always include guarantees of how long that recovery will take. However, with the cloud, you know all the data is there, and will come back as fast as your connections allows – even to a different location – critical when the devastation is so widespread.

DR relies on full offsite backups of all your data and applications, so-called image backup. In the early days, these backups were often on tapes that were delivered to offsite backup sites such as those run by Iron Mountain and others. Nowadays, the offsite backup is usually in the cloud.

The Cloud Takes the Guesswork Out of Backup

On-premises backup, either tape or disk, takes a lot of planning, manual intervention, management and troubleshooting. The cloud essentially removes all that complexity.

Once you have established a relationship with a cloud backup provider, decided what you want to backup, the backup schedule, and what your restoration requirements are, the provider takes it from there. They make sure the backups are done on schedule and done right. If a hurricane or flood strikes, all this data is far away, and safe from the storm that brutalized the organization.

This reliability is critical in the event of a disaster that may well have destroyed any on-premises backup you may have had.

Even if they somehow survived the storm, tape, and even disk-based backup and recovery, are prone to failure. In contrast, cloud backup providers are 100% dedicated to backup reliability and security. They try to pick the best hardware, equip it with the best software, set proper policies, and lock it down with security solutions and hire experienced security pros.

Moreover, with the cloud it is far easier to test restores so you will know they will work when you need them.

Backup can be intensely complex. This makes it hard to keep backups current and to restore the data you need quickly and precisely.  The right cloud backup solution makes it easy to do this work by letting IT and service providers easily manage the machines under their control, monitor service levels, and set alerts and storage quotas. Even better, they make getting your data back easy.

Enter Kaseya Backup and Disaster Recovery

Kaseya VSA and Cloud Backup can help ensure your backups are done properly and that restorations get you fully back up on your feet. That can all be done with Kaseya Backup and Disaster Recovery.

VSA leverages policy-based automation to make sure your backups are done regularly and at the right time.  You can set alerts to let you know when a backup has successfully completed or, equally importantly, when it has not.

Where file-based backups only handle the data, Kaseya creates a backup image of your complete system state so the system, not just the data, is restored. Meanwhile these system backups can be replicated offsite for even deeper protection.

Backup Anything.  Anywhere. Recover Any Way.

Kaseya Cloud Backup delivers the power of the world’s fastest backup solution integrated into your daily operations through Kaseya VSA. Back up anything and everything ― servers, workstations, disk images, files, folders, and more.

Fast and Flexible Disaster Recovery

Back up entire machines to Kaseya Cloud Backup to recover them instantly (including recovering all VMs), or backup volumes, directories, and individual files for more specific, efficient protection.

The Power of Integration with Kaseya VSA

By leveraging the power of Kaseya VSA with Kaseya Cloud Backup, you can quickly define backup policies by organization, machine group, or device type.

Simple, comprehensive dashboards, alerting systems, and flexible reports mean that you and your staff always have real-time insight into the status of all backup activities.

VSA Cloud Backup offers benefits to IT and service providers alike. Managed Service Providers, for instance, can increase their service portfolio by offer multiple flavors backup and recovery to existing and new clients – and have the added value of integrated security and management. With the richness of the solution service providers and can set and meet SLAs for backup windows and speed and freshness of recovery.

Learn more about how Kaseya Cloud Backup can help your company.

Posted by Doug Barney
Doug Barney was the founding editor of Redmond Magazine, Redmond Channel Partner, Redmond Developer News and Virtualization Review. Doug also served as Executive Editor of Network World, Editor in Chief of AmigaWorld, and Editor in Chief of Network Computing.
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