When it comes to disaster recovery (DR), dedicated offsite infrastructure is a must. If you follow the 3-2-1 backup rule, then you should have at least three copies of your data, on two different media, and one copy should be offsite.
But an offsite copy of your data can be expensive… You have to setup storage and networking in a suitable colocation. And even if you have an offsite copy of your data, you must be able to recover the data. This could be fun in case of terabytes of data and an offsite copy on tape.
A offsite copy in a cloud is much more interesting. No need to provide hardware, software, licenses. Just provide internet-connectivity, book a suitable plan, and you are ready to go.
Replication to Cloud using Vembu CloudDR
Vembu offers a cloud-based disaster recovery plan through its own cloud services, which is hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS). This product is designed for businesses, who can’t afford, or who are not willing, to setup a dedicated offsite infrastructure for disaster recovery.
The data, which is backuped by the Vembu BDR server, is replicated to the Vembu Cloud. In case of any disaster, the backup data can be directly restored from the cloud at anytime and anywhere. The replication is managed and monitored using the CloudDR portal.
Before you can enable the offsite replication, you have to register your Vembu BDR server with your Vembu Portal account. You can either go to onlinebackup.vembu.com, or you can go to portal.vembu.com and sign up.
After configuring schedule, retention and bandwidth usage, Vembu CloudDR is ready to go.
The end is near – time for recovery
CloudDR offers two types of recovery:
- Image Based Recovery
- Application Based Recovery
In case of an image based recovery, you can either download a VMDK or VHD(X) image, or you can do a file level recovery. In this case you can restore single files from inside of a chosen image.
You can even download a VHD(X) image of a VMware backup, which allows you some kind of V2V or P2V restores.
In case of a application based recovery, you can recover single application items from
- Microsoft Exchange
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Microsoft SQL Server, or
Depending on the type of restore, you will get an encrypted and password protected ZIP file with documents, or even MDF/ LDF files. These files can than be used to restore the lost data.
Vembu CloudDR is a pretty interesting add-on for Vembu customers. It’s easy to setup, has an attractive price tag and therefore consequently addresses the SMB customers.
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