Unlike enterprises, many smaller companies cannot afford optimal in-house BDR strategies and solutions. These companies are consequently at an elevated risk of being put out of business from any major loss of data. That could mean e-mails lost, accounting data lost, patient or client files lost, company records lost, client legal records or orders lost and so on.
The “ACE-IT” Business Continuity Planning Solution
Near real-time backups: Our “Incremental Forever” methodology captures all changes to the initial image in increments of 15 minutes. The Incremental Forever technology not only backs up recent datasets but also allows clients to reconstruct the state of their data as it stood at the end of various 15-minute restoration points. That means our technology allows you to remain in business without any significant loss of data backup, server functionality or application downtime. This level of forensic and auditable data recovery may satisfy various regulatory requirements (such as HIPAA and GLBA) for data retention and data record reconstruction, and it also serves stakeholders such as supply chain planners, warehouse analysts, auditors and legal counsel.
A complete image: We generate an image of all hard drive partitions. The data is stored using AES-256 bit encryption and compressed. We employ a block-level (not file-level) backup, which means that data is captured at the level of 1s and 0s. Block-level data is raw data that does not have a file structure imposed on it. Database applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server transfer data in blocks. Block transfer is the most efficient way to write to disk and is much less prone to errors such as those that result from file-level backups. Additionally, block-level backups are not affected by open files or open databases.
Intuitive and flexible restoration: A good backup system should allow for quick and flexible restores. Our solution allows for recovery of files, folders, partitions, mailboxes/messages and databases/tables using a quick and intuitive process. Our 15-minute incremental-based backup allows restores to be done from any point in time, allowing for multiple versions of files, folders, messages/mailboxes and database/tables to be restored.
Secure remote storage: After imaging the servers, we then create an independent 256-bit encrypted tunnel and transmit the imaged data to a secure offsite location where it resides in an encrypted, compressed format. That remote site then replicates again to an alternate data center, creating a total of three copies of the data in three geographically distinct regions. Since the data is encrypted and only you have the key, no one has access at any of the remote storage facilities.
Transmitting data to a remote site is a key component of business continuity planning. It guarantees that, in case of physical damage to the client’s network (or even a regional disaster), the data is safe in uncompromised locations. Encryption is an important step in the process of transmitting data because it greatly reduces the risk of data loss incidents that plague magnetic tape and prevents man-in-the-middle attacks during transmission. We employ the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm because it has never been broken and is currently considered the gold standard of encryption techniques and render transmitted data immune to theft.
Feel ready to implement the “ACE” Computer Consultants BDR solution? Have additional questions? Please contact us or call (toll free) 1-800-895-4223 and we’ll be happy to talk with you more about our inclusive, affordable services.