Posts Tagged ‘disaster recovery’

How To Get Zero Downtime: The Waffle Playbook

Monday, September 18th, 2017

wafflehouse (1)

There is a business well known for able to stay open 24/7/365 – even if they’re hit by tornadoes, hurricanes, or snowstorms.

Is it an IT company? No, it’s actually a chain of waffle stores.

These waffle stores are so resilient, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses them to gauge how bad a storm is – they call it “the Waffle House Index“.

“When you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad,” the FEMA Administrator famously remarked in May 2011. This was after the 2011 Joplin tornado, when two Waffle House restaurants in the city remained open.

So how does the Waffle House manage to keep their business running no matter what disaster strikes? Here’s how they do it.


What is Instant / Rapid VM Recovery?

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Rapid VM Recovery

Virtual servers, particularly Hyper-V ones, offer several distinct advantages over physical servers. One of the biggest benefits is being able to perform a Rapid VM recovery.


Defining Disaster Recovery for SMB I.T.

Friday, July 24th, 2015

defining disaster recovery for SMB IT

Disaster recovery preparedness is a hugely important aspect of SMB I.T.  You need to be sure that if things go pear-shaped, you can get back up and running as soon as possible.  However, when we think of ‘disaster’ what often comes to mind is worst-case scenarios – fire, flood, hurricane and anything else mother nature can throw at your I.T. infrastructure.

While these events do happen, and you absolutely need to be prepared for them, they may not be the most likely ‘disaster’ that you’ll need to recover from.


4 simple steps for disaster recovery planning [infographic]

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

4 steps towards disaster recovery planning

Is your business starting to think about its Disaster Recovery planning?  We really hope so.  Because if you lose your IT infrastructure to disaster, it’s going to have a serious impact on your business.  In fact, a lot of SMBs don’t recover at all.

There’s a lot of information out there on planning for disaster recovery, but a lot of it is very dry, technical content.  It’s invaluable advice that you’ll definitely need to read, but what if you need to explain the importance of disaster recovery planning to someone who’s less technically savvy?  Well, this infographic should help!


Winter is coming. A Lannister always protects his data.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

winter is coming - data protection

Well, actually Winter’s already here. And no, we’re not going to talk about Game of Thrones.  Sorry about that… But with Juno just passed, snow still piling up outside and winds assaulting the walls of your server room, it’s time to start thinking seriously about data protection. Unfortunately, nobody’s yet worked out how to make servers fly south for the winter.


Recover a Windows Server: 5 steps every business should know

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

recover a windows server

So, your server has crashed.  Don’t worry, you can recover it.  You can recover it, right?

Knowing how to recover a Windows Server, and more importantly having the software and procedures in place to do so, is crucial for all businesses.  Servers can contain mission-critical systems and data, the loss of which has the potential to cripple even the most successful companies.

In this article, we’ll go over the 5 need-to-know steps when it comes to recovering Windows servers.  So when the worst happens, you’ll know you can quickly land on your feet.


Calculating RTO/RPO – make IT bulletproof for business

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Calculating RTO/RPO

Your office burned down over the weekend.  We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but it happened. What will your business do now? How fast can your IT infrastructure be back up and running? What data will it need to recover with the highest priority?

These are the questions that will inevitably arise when hammering out a Disaster Recovery plan.  In the industry, we call these questions the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).  But how do you determine the ideal RTO/RPO for your business?


Are you fully prepared for a disaster scenario?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

‘What’s the number one piece of advice you can give me on backups?’ This is a question our technical support team is often asked. Their answer – make sure you have a backup strategy that will not only allow you to restore lost data, but also recover an entire system in the event of a disaster scenario.