bigstock-it-consultant-work-with-backup-84344528-1-300x200Most businesses think of disaster recovery as an emergency survival kit they’ll probably never need. They often settle for a low level of service, because they don’t think disaster recovery services can give them any competitive benefits. As a result, they end up underprepared for the future, and unable to take advantage of the resources they’re paying for in the present.

 

We see things differently. Your IT infrastructure is a strategic asset, and that includes your DR infrastructure. We’ve already discussed how next generation enterprise cloud disaster recovery can boost RPO and RTO while cutting costs. Here are some of the other ways our disaster recovery services can benefit your business:

 

1. Cloud DR Testing Without the Downtime

 

With traditional DR systems, testing and maintenance can pose a significant burden. The cold DR site has to be setup and supplied with hardware, along with the newest backups. Then, the main production environment has to be taken offline to execute a test failover. It’s so costly and inconvenient, many companies choose to do without testing, putting them at greater risk. Typically cold DR tests are destructive and require the DR side to be rebuilt after. Cloud DR with Veeam is non-destructive and allows replication to resume in hours compared to days with cold DR.

 

Symmetry’s cloud disaster recovery services already have the hardware installed, meaning you don’t have to wire or furnish a cold site just to run a test. We can schedule outages during holidays, late nights or other times when demand is low, all without burdening your internal IT. Alternately, we can clone your production environment to minimize performance degradation and eliminate downtime entirely during testing. By scheduling testing during low-demand hours, we’ll be able to execute a complete test without your users even noticing.

 

2. Quick, Risk-Free Data Center Migrations

 

By leveraging our cloud disaster recovery services to support migration, we can make your transition faster and safer. We’ll use Veeam Backup & Replication software to clone your drive, cutting downtime and minimizing the use of your resources during migration. We’ll also provide a quick and easy backout plan to revert to your old installation, should the need arise. That means, even if a disaster strikes during migration, your data will be protected.

 

3. Powerful Support for IT Infrastructure Upgrades

 

Because Symmetry provides cloud disaster recovery as part of a complete suite of cloud and hosting services, we’re able to use your DR resources to mitigate the productivity costs of big IT projects, such as Data Center Migrations, Data Center Maintenance, Firmware Patching, POC systems, Temporary Cloned systems are all viable options for using a DR system in Symmetry’s DR Cloud.

 

We can failover your system to the DR site, keeping everything up and running. When the work is done, we’ll run an initial replication job run to preserve changes created since the failover. Then, we’ll failback to your primary production site, for a seamless upgrade.

 

Disaster Recovery Services that Support Your Entire Infrastructure

 

The days when disaster recovery meant keeping a stack of tapes in a box and crossing your fingers are over. With cloud disaster recovery from Symmetry, you can harness the flexibility of the enterprise cloud, strategically allocating your resources in a way that benefits your business. We’ll help you use your backup copy and computing resources to mitigate downtime, reduce risks and ensure big IT upgrades go off without a hitch. Contact us to learn how you too can leverage Symmetry’s information expert Cloud Disaster Recovery services.

About Randy Downey, Senior Cloud Architect

As the Senior Cloud Architect at Symmetry, Randy brings over 14 years of experience in Information Technology with focus in Virtualization, Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds, System Design and Implementation, Data Center Operations, and Desktop/Server Engineering. He also has extensive experience with VMware solutions at the enterprise level across multiple industries including Managed Hosting, Cloud Service Providers, Global Utilities, and Healthcare.