Why offsite backup?

If you don’t protect your data offsite, or have have an offsite backup plan in place, then you may as well not be backing up at all.

In today’s cloud forward environment, it still surprises me how many organisations rely on ‘traditional’ methods such as tape backups and USB devices to duplicate and protect their data. I’m not denying that there are business cases for using this type of solution, but for the majority of businesses the cloud is the way forward.

If you’re just backing up hours of data to a USB or external hard drive and leaving it in your office next to your PC, then I’m sure you’re aware your files aren’t completely safe. Traditional methods, such as this can be subject to theft, hardware failures natural disasters and human error. Any one of these could cause you to lose all your information.

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To get around this issue, you should follow the 3-2-1 rule and protect your data offsite. If you’re unsure the three, two, one rule states that you should:

  • Have at least three copies of your data.
  • Store the copies on two different media.
  • Keep one backup copy offsite.

Click to read more about the 3-2-1 rule.

What is an offsite backup?

This type of solution is just what it says on the tin – you just keep your data ‘off-site’ in another physical location to where your main files are stored. Rather than just having two copies sat next to each other, you have one copy in the office and one in a totally different location.

This alone minimises risk dramatically and thanks to the cloud businesses can access real-time replication to secure data centres at the click of a button with solutions such as Nimbox.

However, should your business still wish to use traditional methods you can perform your normal backups to external hard drives and transport them to another location. However, this in itself has a few vulnerabilities.

At the end of the day, your IT manager should evaluate the best option for your business. Whether you decide on a traditional tape or cloud solution, you should at least make sure your data is protected offsite. If you’d like any more information just contact the team.

virtualDCS hosts a competition to celebrate 10 years of collaboration with Veeam

For virtualDCS, 2018 marks 10 years of utilising Veeam software to provide innovative backup and replication services to businesses worldwide.

A decade on from when the relationship first began, virtualDCS is now one of the most established Veeam Cloud Recovery providers in Europe and one of the very first businesses to offer Cloud Connect to the masses.

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Using Veeam software businesses can store their information off-site in virtualDCS’ secure data centres. Now when an issue occurs instead of losing data, the business can access and restore their information at any time.

To celebrate the anniversary, the team is offering the chance for someone to win a Nespresso Coffee machine. 

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Richard May, Managing Director at virtualDCS said:

“We selected Veeam 10 years ago as an innovative alternative to the then legacy backup offerings available. Since then, we’ve grown massively and the Veeam product portfolio has helped us to continue being a leading disaster recovery provider. We look forward to further improving our offering with the new version and our continued collaboration with Veeam.”

Greg Baily, Director of Channels, Veeam Software UK and Ireland, said:

“As a Gold VCSP partner, virtualDCS has demonstrated knowledge of Veeam products, and we are confident in their ability to deliver Veeam–powered Availability solutions.

They continually demonstrate an ability to enable to their customers to meet the demands of an Always–On Enterprise, with any data, in any app, on any cloud.”

 

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Finding the right Disaster Recovery provider

Each year the cloud computing market expands offering new and creative Disaster Recovery solutions, such as Veeam cloud connect, to customers worldwide.

As the cloud grows and solutions expand businesses can often get lost in a haze of options, especially around Disaster Recovery.

Consequently, many businesses are not asking the right questions when qualifying Business Continuity partners. This blog is designed to highlight some key elements for you to consider when vetting a new Disaster Recovery solutions partner.

Accreditation

When you’re considering trusting all your confidential information to a supplier, one of the first things you should do is consider accreditations. Accreditations act as an industry standard so you can be confident in the level of data security provided. It’s vital for your peace of mind that the organisation has at least an ISO 27001 standard.

Key locations

disaster recoveryEven though your data is stored ‘in the cloud’ I’m sure you know that it actually resides somewhere in a physical data centre which is selected by your provider. In light of this, it’s important that you know the location where your data would be stored.

For example, would your information be subject to the US Patriot Act? Is the data centre in a low-risk area or is it susceptible to natural disasters such as floods? If an incident were to happen, would the data be available in a second location?

Experience

Another valuable piece of the puzzle is experience, for many asking for references is an obvious and basic step, but it’s surprising how many companies still don’t do this. With many cloud services now being automated, it’s easy to see why this vital step would be missed out, especially when companies are displaying accreditations and alleged testimonials online.

Support

You should also consider the support levels that your provider offers. Is the support team based in the same time zone as you? Can you speak to them over the phone or is it an email support system?

What are the SLAs for the support team? Are the answers to these questions acceptable to your business? In the least, they should be able to help you narrow down a potential partner.

For more information on disaster recovery solutions contact virtualDCS or visit our solutions pages.

How to perform a Veeam Cloud Connect partial failover

In the event of a disaster, utilising Veeam Cloud Connect ensures that data can be accessible again within a matter of minutes.

When a customer replicates to our platform they have two options for failing over VMs, these are full or partial failovers.

What’s the difference between full and partial failovers with Veeam Cloud Connect?

A Partial Failover is where customers can failover their VMs one at a time with the assumption the customers platform is still live and only a specific VM or VMs are experiencing issues

Customers will only perform a full site failover if a customer’s platform has been destroyed and they require all the VMs failing over. They will failover via a ‘Failover Plan’, which should have been created and tested previously.

This guide is a walk through on how to perform a partial failover of a VM within the Veeam Backup & Replication Console.

Partial failover walk through:

First of all, if you haven’t already, you need to create a replication job. Point it towards your  ‘Hardware Plan’ / Cloud host and ensure it finishes successfully.

 

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Now, the best way to test the functionality of the ‘Partial Failover’ is to ensure another machine on the source network can ping the VM on the LAN IP address once failed over. This will ensure the VPN connection to the ‘Service Provider’ side is working successfully.

Here it is pinging successfully on the LAN before any failover has taken place. You can also see the tracert is going directly to the target, as you’d expect on the LAN, pay attention to the change following the failover.

 

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Now, before we start the failover. We will navigate to the ‘Replicas’ section to ensure the replica is ready to be failed over. To do this, navigate to the following area:

Backup & Replication > Replicas > Ready > Ensure ‘Replica’ status is set to ready.

 

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For this test, I am going to power off the source VM to stage a VM failure. As you can now see, the IP address is no longer pinging:

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We can now begin the ‘Partial Failover’ within the Veeam console.

Within the ‘Replicas’ section, right click the VM you want to perform a ‘Partial Failover’ with and select ‘Failover Now’:

 

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Now within the failover wizard, the customer can choose which restore point they would like to failover to (usually the most recent).

 

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Once selected, they can input a restore reason, this is optional.

 

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Click next.

 

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We can now select ‘Finish’ and begin the partial failover process.

Now the log will appear, summarising what steps are currently being implemented. This part of the process can take several minutes, but it will keep you informed of when the failover has successfully completed.

 

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Following several minutes, you should see the VPN tunnel successfully establish.

 

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Once we see this, we can try to ping the VM once again and we should see some pings!

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As you can see, the VM is now pinging and there is a slight difference to with the tracert from earlier. You can now see it is taking an additional ‘hop’ through the IP of the NEA.

You should now find the VM is available on the network as if it was powered on in the live environment. You can RDP, browse to the network shares etc. The VM however is powered on in the failover site and being accessed via the VPN connection between the tenant and Service Provider network extension appliances.

We hope you found this helpful!