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Taking a 2 Tiered Approach To Disaster Recovery

July 27 2015

Step 1 involves backing up your data to the Cloud and Step 2 involves using a Zero 2 Hero product to regain instant access to your business systems during a disaster.

 

Effective disaster recovery involves far more than simply backing up your data with the hope of recovering it when something goes wrong. Whilst backing up your data plays a vital role in disaster recovery, it is not enough to get your business back up and running instantly. For this you will need an effective business continuity plan. Here we’ll explain the importance of taking a 2 tiered approach to disaster recovery with the help of Zero 2 Hero.

 

What is business continuity?

Whilst you’re likely to be familiar with data back-ups, this isn’t the same thing as business continuity. The latter is a solution that will essentially allow your business to continue functioning in the event of a workplace disaster.

You protect your house, car and important belongings with insurance. A business continuity solution is effectively the insurance your business needs in the event that something goes wrong.

 

The 2 tiered approach

The first part of achieving a good disaster recovery strategy is to back up your files to a secure location. Backing up data to the Cloud (a virtual server), is highly recommended, as if something happens to the equipment at your workplace, you will still be able to access your data from other devices, elsewhere.

The second part of the 2 tiered approach involves creating a business continuity plan. This requires you to have systems in place that allow you to reboot your technology and regain access to your files in an instant. This is where our Zero 2 Hero products, powered by Datto come in.

 

What is Zero 2 Hero?

Zero 2 Hero is a range of products powered by Datto, which are designed to enable businesses of all sizes to create a two tiered approach to disaster recovery. They’re built specifically for data back-ups and business continuity, with scalable storage options, affordable Cloud pricing, instant virtualisation and end-to-end encryption.

There are a number of products in the Zero 2 Hero range, each of which has different features and benefits.

Zero 2 Hero SIRIS 2

This solution provides the most aggressive recovery time objective of all the solutions, allowing businesses to get themselves back-up and running in minimal time. With integrated back-up, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, it enables businesses to mitigate downtime risks and avoid loss of profits. This particular product is available in three product lines: business, professional and enterprise.

Zero 2 Hero ALTO 2

A more accessible disaster recovery product for small businesses is the Zero 2 Hero ALTO 2. This more affordable solution is designed specifically to meet the continuity needs of small businesses. It comes with a wide range of powerful features including hybrid virtualisation, screenshot back-up verification and hardware configuration options to maximise reliability.

Other products in the Zero 2 Hero line including ALTO XL and NAS.

 

Benefits of using Zero 2 Hero for disaster recovery

Instant virtualisation

Both on and off site back-ups can be virtualised locally to your Zero 2 Hero device or a secure Cloud with just a click of a button. In the event of a workplace disaster, your business will be able to continue as usual by utilising the Zero 2 Hero Cloud.

Easy centralised management

Thanks to the easy to user web interface, you can control your solutions centrally; configuring devices, scheduling back-up reports and accessing support.

Flexible operating system support

Zero 2 Hero is compatible with a wide range of Microsoft Windows operating systems from Windows 2000 to Windows 8 and Server 2012. It also offers some support for Exchange and SharePoint servers.

 

Conclusion

These are just some of the benefits in using our Zero 2 Hero products to help you establish a 2 tiered approach to business continuity and disaster recovery. For more information, feel free to get in touch with the team here at Grant McGregor.

Also feel free to download our comprehensive disaster recovery guide.

 

 

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