The right Disaster Recovery solution saves time and money

As the old saying goes, time is money and to save money, you shouldn’t be wasting time. The right plan and Disaster Recovery solution can save both.

Believe us, we know it’s a manic job to manage an IT department and we’ve seen first-hand how many different tasks managers have to juggle just to keep operations running smoothly, let alone finding the time to evaluate their current Disaster Recovery solution.

disaster recovery solutionFor me, when I think about Disaster Recovery, two phrases come to mind. The first one is the one above, and the second is the cliché expression that ‘failing to prepare means preparing to fail’.

Save time with planning

Although these may sound like obvious things to consider, in a recent Business Continuity preparedness survey, a staggering 31.5%  of organisations admitted that they didn’t have a complete Disaster Recovery plan in place.

If your business is one of the 31.5%, just imagine how much time and effort it would take attempting to find (if it’s at all possible) or recreate this lost information. If it can’t be recreated, how much money would this scenario cause the business to lose?

Again, I can offer a rough guideline on this. In another Disaster Recovery survey conducted in 2016, 98% of businesses that were reported that a single hour of unplanned downtime would cost their business over $100,000, with 33% reporting that it would cost $1-5 million. When considering the increasing reliance on data from 2016, this value would have only grown.

Save time with technology

Not only does a strong Disaster Recovery plan save time, the right solution also makes a big difference. Traditionally, tape-based backups were a chore, especially when complying with the 3-2-1 rule. Not only would you have to manually back up each device on a regular schedule, you’d also have to transport a copy of the information off-site.

If only one file needed retrieving, you’d also have to allocate time to finding and restoring the specific file. The file type and size could also add extra time on to this total.

Thanks to the cloud and advances in technology, the process of backing up and retrieving information has revolutionised. If you’re interested, you can read more about the evolution of traditional solutions in our blog ‘tape vs. cloud backup’.

Available solutions

At virtualDCS, one Disaster Recovery solution we offer to our customers is Off-Site backup, utilising Veeam Cloud Connect technology. As its one of our leading services, I’m going to use it as an example to highlight the resource saving features that are available in the market, today.

With this particular cloud solution, your department can take control of its data, with the ability to access and recover hosted repositories from one central console. There’s no wait time and cheesy hold music as you don’t have to contact any external parties for assistance.

The department could also track repository consumption with ease, quickly restore entire Virtual Machines or search and restore a single file a within a couple of clicks. This is infinitely faster than non-cloud solutions. The right cloud solution can also provide these services at a lower cost than traditional tape-based solutions. If you’d like to hear more about Veeam Cloud Connect, follow this link.

If you’d like to speak to virtualDCS about finding the right Disaster Recovery solution and how we can make your life easier,  give us a call on 03453 888 327 or drop an email to enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk We’re more than happy to help. 

Veeam Challenge: Replicating legacy technology

Technology is either being created or updated every minute of every day and the cutting edge will soon be classed as legacy technology, with this in mind we’ve created the Veeam Challenge.

We often have conversations in the office around old tech and how things have changed. Typically, laughing as we talk about our old mobile phones the size of bricks, the unforgettable sound of the dial-up modem and the inevitable argument that followed when anyone wanted to use the phone.

virtualDCS Veeam challengeWe still have the memories, but wouldn’t it be even better to have the technology itself or even just the data on them? I’m sure many would love to see the pictures they took on their first ever camera phone again or the first email they ever sent.

Everyone, especially businesses, should have some way of protecting their data, historic or otherwise, and one of (in our opinion) the best ways to protect business information is using Veeam technology.

The challenge – can you beat the virtualDCS team at the Veeam Challenge?

This is where we came up with a challenge for our technical team – to find the oldest piece of computer technology they can and to replicate its data using Veeam Cloud Connect.

We’ll keep you updated on the team’s progress over on our Twitter page and if you think you can beat the team, we’d love to see what systems you’ve managed to protect. We’ll be giving away a prize to the winner.

What’s the oldest piece of technology you currently have?

We’ll also be dusting off any the old gadgets that we can’t bear to part with! Looking back at our favourite pieces of discontinued tech, talking about their evolution, how they shaped our lives and sharing any stories we may have.

Get involved

As always, we’d love for our customers, friends, family and readers to get involved, so we’re going to be sharing these stories on our social profiles, as well as our blog. But for now, we’re just going to ask you one question:

‘When you look back at childhood, what technology makes you smile when thinking about it?’

Outstanding company growth unites Colin Meakin and old friends at virtualDCS

The Cloud Computing experts are celebrating the end of another exceptional financial year and are looking towards the future, as they welcome Colin Meakin as a non-executive director.

Colin’s new position has been driven by the company’s rapid growth delivering solutions from its own cloud platform, including IaaS, SaaS, and Veeam Cloud Backup & Replication services.

Colin Meakin joins virtualDCS

The virtualDCS company directors have all worked with Colin in one of his previous positions over 10 years ago, and the formidable team is thrilled to be working together again.

Colin has a prestigious background in the IT industry with a proven record of driving business success, having held boardroom positions at several key organisations, that went on to be industry success stories.

One of which includes the ICM Computer Group plc, where he helped grow the business from start-up to £80m turnover. Colin will be injecting both this passion and experience into his new role at virtualDCS, helping to propel the business onto the next chapter of success.

Richard May, Managing Director at virtualDCS said: “virtualDCS has grown dramatically each financial year to date and appointing Colin as a non-executive director is the first step on the next stage of our growth plan.

From working with him personally, we know that Colin has a wealth of industry knowledge that will be nothing but beneficial to virtualDCS.”

Collin commented on his new appointment: “It’s great for us to be working together again, especially in such an innovative, forward-thinking company like virtualDCS.

I’m looking forward to helping the business continue to grow and build upon the last 10 years of success.”

September of this year marks 10 years since virtualDCS was founded and the team is now looking forward to the next 10. Growing every day, virtualDCS is constantly expanding its excellent delivery team and is now focussed on expanding its thriving sales team.

Why Veeam and virtualDCS

Why Veeam and virtualDCS?

We have now been a Veeam partner for over 10 years, working together to offer innovative Disaster Recovery solutions. virtualDCS and Veeam software combined can help you to reduce the cost of storage and protect the data that matters the most to you.

Here is how together we can support you, and your business:Veeam

Offsite backup made easy with Veeam                              

When it comes to protecting your data offsite, a common issue is maintaining your disaster recovery facility, but this is where virtualDCS can help. By selecting virtualDCS as your offsite provider you can protect your data with ease, knowing your data is protected, without you having to maintain the data centre.

Veeam also offers flexibility through built-in WAN Acceleration, with this technology the software can decide which data blocks are there and which to send in backup. Also included is global caching, variable block length data fingerprinting, and traffic compression and is 50x faster than a standard file copy.

Built for the virtual world

Veeam does not just tolerate virtual environments, it embraces it. The navigation is easy and intuitive versus physical backup tools and it’s simple to connect your infrastructure to our offsite data centres.

Saving Money

Many businesses are switching to Veeam software due to the massive savings to be had, businesses who have switched, have saved on average of £38,000 a year. Not only this, but they have also improved their backup performance and downtime.

Business owners who have switched also reported spending 35% less time managing their infrastructure so they can focus their time and energy on the business.

Instant File Recovery through Veeam cloud connect

Instant file recovery through image-based backups can be problematic. To tackle this problem head-on, Veeam developed an Instant File Recovery which enables the admin to restore guest files from a compressed and duplicated backup, without having to restore an entire machine. You can do this straight from your off-site storage location, with ease.

Instant VM Recovery

If for whatever reason, your virtual machine goes down you can restart it again on any host. Full recovery can happen in the background with no impact on users or your business.

Always Reliable

Veeam replication cloud backup offsite provides automated nightly backup and replica testing on 100% of all your workloads. 

The Future

Regarded as a pioneer in the backup sector. Over 50,000 companies have switched to Veeam in the past 12 months, simply because they are the industry leader with a proven history of digital backups.

Contact our team to find out more 

virtualDCS BSI certification

We’ve passed again! virtualDCS recertifies its ISO 27001 status

The renewed ISO 27001 accolade showcases the team’s continuous commitment to information security and data protection.

Looking at the entire scope of the business, from how the company purchases teabags to its comprehensive staff vetting procedure, the BSI assessed and commended virtualDCS on its processes and unique structure.

virtualDCS BSI certification

ISO 27001 is the international standard for best practice for information security management systems, covering technical and business controls that ensure a company is managing its data in the most secure way possible.

Richard May, Managing Director of virtualDCS said:

“There’s often some confusion around the standards and what they cover, but in essence, the re-certification shows that we’re managing customer data in the most secure way possible. This means that anyone that works with us can continue to be confident that we’re handling their information with the utmost sensitivity.

Many businesses that have an ISO 27001 certification tend to heavily limit the scope of the audit, but we wanted to encapsulate the entire business and its practices. If we’re going to be certified, then we’re going to do it right.”

Re-certification was truly a team effort as each employee within the company is responsible for a set of unique standard operating procedures. These procedures are monitored and updated by the appointed team member. virtualDCS chose to deploy this unique approach so that information security would be at the forefront of everyone’s mind and at the heart of the business.

For more information contact the team on 03453 888 327, using the contact form below or by emailing enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk

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