Business continuity isn’t just a flashy phrase of the moment, it’s something that every business, no matter the size, needs to plan for so they can keep their doors open no matter what may happen.
It’s about planning for disaster recovery, so in the event of data loss due to a natural disaster with physical damage, a harmful malware attack, or another catastrophe, their business can continue operating as usual.
FutureRange works with clients throughout Ireland and the UK to provide state-of-the-art IT support including service and technologies designed to help their businesses be productive and resilient in the face of the unknown. We feel that an IT infrastructure should be an active participant in helping a business achieve success.
80% of our clients are with Future Range for more than a decade.
We offer a number of technology solutions for all sized organizations from small businesses to large enterprise corporations. For companies looking to work with experts that have their best interests in mind, we offer the following services:
- IT Managed Services
- Back Up and Disaster Recovery
- Outsourced Service Desk
- GDPR Solutions
- Cloud Services
- Virtualisation through Citrix Products
- Procurement and IT Consultancy
- and more
Back up and disaster recoveryis a vital part of any IT infrastructure, which is why we use Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery. Site Recovery is Azure’s built-in disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).
How Does Azure Site Recovery Work?
There is no question these days that servers need to have not only strong security, but also excellent backup and recovery that can safeguard data and applications being run and replace everything quickly should anything happen.
Data loss doesn’t just result in expensive emergency response costs and loss of customer trust, it can mean the end for many businesses. In a study by the British Chambers of Commerce, it was found that a staggering 93% of businessesthat suffer data loss for over 10 days, file for bankruptcy within a year of the incident. Half of them file immediately.
FutureRange uses Azure Site Recovery to keep our clients doing business as usual even in the event of a data breach, major IT outage, or other data loss event. Here are ways that this disaster recovery platform can benefit your organization.
Easy Management and Deployment
A backup and recovery system that’s difficult to manage can mean a drag on productivity or administrators not using it correctly. Azure Site Recovery is designed to make deployment and management easy.
The platform replicates an Azure virtual machine (VM) to another Azure region. The Disaster Recovery Site is updated automatically with any new Azure features and it minimizes recovery issues by sequencing the order of multi-tier applications that are running on multiple VMs.
Lowers Infrastructure Costs
Azure Site Recovery eliminates the need to build a costly secondary datacenter for server backup and recovery. You pay only for the resources you need, and avoid the additional costs of deployment, monitoring and patching, since everything is updated automatically.
Back up is only one part of a disaster recovery solution, you need to also have a recovery platform that is fast to deploy and can get you back up and running as soon as possible.
Enabling Site Recovery allows you to scale the coverage to multiple business-critical applications and restore all that data, even your most recent, quickly and completely.
Handle Everything from a Single Location
Site Recovery is designed to make business continuity as straight-forward as possible. You can set up and manage replication, failover, and failback by using just a single location in the Azure portal.
Replicate Any Workload
You don’t have to worry about compatibility issues, Azure Site Recovery allows you to copy any workload running or supported on Azure VMs, on-premises Hyper-V and VMware, and Windows/Linux physical servers.
Low Frequency Replication Points
You have the ability to set a replication frequency for your data as low as 30 seconds, ensuring as few files as possible are lost due to a data loss incident. The platform allows you to control recovery time objectives (RTO) and reduce them further by using Azure Traffic Manager.
Snapshots capture all your disk data, any data in memory, and all transactions that are in process, which helps ensure a faster recovery.
Customized Recovery Plans
FutureRange can customize and sequence the failover and recovery of multi-tier applications using Azure Site Recovery. This means you can have VMs grouped together in a recovery plan and add in scripts or manual actions if you like.
Integration with Other Technologies
You can integrate Site Recovery with other business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR) technologies for a most robust and holistic recovery plan. For example, it has native support for SQL Server AlwaysOn which can be used to protect the SQL Server backend of corporate workloads.
Learn More About the Cost Savings of Azure Site Recovery
If you have a solid backup and disaster recovery system in place, it can mean the difference between a data loss incident being a slight inconvenience or a business-ending event.
Find out how FutureRange can ensure your business thrives no matter what. Contact us today to get started at +353 1 2960 560 or reach out online.