A speedy recovery in this case doesn’t have anything to do with the ongoing flu season during this winter. Instead, it has everything to do with minimizing downtime in the event of a hardware failure or software malfunction. What exactly does a speedy recovery entail, and what are those important things to consider after disaster strikes? First of all, the age-old maxim of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to disaster recovery with information technology. In this case, prevention implies having a solid disaster recovery plan and having made all of the necessary preparations for a disaster. These preparations include hardware and software monitoring to detect the disaster, complete and reliable system backups as well as data, and a plan for replacing failed hardware or repurposing existing hardware as failover systems where necessary.
Another concept to consider when preparing for a disaster is to build flexibility in the form of modular or independent systems into your network. If you have one host server with 6 VM guest servers running on this host you’re looking at a possible “single point of failure” if the physical host crashes. In this example, it would be ideal to have at least two physical hosts allowing for failover or recovery to the secondary host system if the primary host should fail. At StorageCraft we’ve built several tools into our Recover-Ability solution that help system administrators build resilience into their networks. One example of a tool that adds resilience would be the StorageCraft VirtualBoot technology. Another example might be the patented StorageCraft HeadStart Restore technology. A third example might be StorageCraft Cloud Services.
In the case of VirtualBoot, StorageCraft provides a system administrator with the power to simply right-click on a backup image file and select “VirtualBoot” from the smart menu. This tool immediately builds a virtual disk image from the backup image and then boots this virtual disk on the local machine. If a production system failed, a system administrator could boot a temporary VM on another machine with all of the same files, applications, and running services that existed on the original server. This VM would have the same IP addresses and continue running ShadowProtect backups to the same backup chain that the original server used—providing the system administrator a fast and easy replacement until they could get the original server running again. This tool makes a speedy recovery not only possible, but very simple to implement with whatever resources are available after a disaster strikes.
Tools like VirtualBoot, HeadStart Restore, and the StorageCraft Cloud all exemplify the philosophy at StorageCraft of empowering businesses to recovery anything, anytime, and anywhere they want. These tools are also an important part of a powerful disaster recovery plan and should be included in every successful system administrator’s software portfolio. To see a video showing how easy it is to VirtualBoot a system, please visit this page. Cheers! Photo Credit: JD Hancock via Compfight cc