Protecting Your Data – Protecting Your Business
We’ve all been there. A missing file, a lost email, a file that just won’t open, or worse yet – an entire network drive that is suddenly inaccessible. Work stops, productivity comes to a complete halt. Accidental deletions, hardware failure, malware attacks (such as the increasingly common CryptoLocker virus and its variants), or more severe situations can all have significant negative impacts on your business. The unfortunate reality is that data loss events are inevitable.
The good news is that you can protect yourself from these data-loss events. Data backups are one of the best ways to ensure that the data your business needs to function is available after an unexpected event.
Like all areas of IT, backup technologies continue to improve and evolve. A simple file and folder backup may be enough to ensure that you can retrieve or recover individual files, but what if you need to restore data from an entire server? YJT’s backup service offerings cover the spectrum from backup essentials to robust disaster recovery capabilities.
Disasters can come in many shapes and sizes, from hackers, rogue employees, and natural disasters like floods and fires, all of which can take your systems offline. When your business experiences downtime you lose more than just access to your data. You lose productivity, the ability to communicate, and most importantly, the ability to generate revenue.
Features to look for with modern backup solutions include:
- Image-Based Backups
Instead of backing up individual files and folders, an entire drive is backed up creating an exact copy that can be restored later. While it is possible to restore a full server from individual file and folders, an image-based solution is much faster with nearly instantaneous recoverability in some cases.
- Local Storage
Backups are stored on an appliance in your server room. This allows the backup process to complete quickly, minimizing impact on your server and network. A local appliance also allows quick recovery from a local source as opposed to downloading backups from the Internet.
- Cloud Storage for Redundancy
Once your data has been backed up locally, those backup files are periodically uploaded to the Cloud to protect your business with an additional off-site copy of your data. Cloud storage ensures that your data is protected even if your primary network is damaged or offline, as might be the case in the event of fire, flood, electrical issues, theft, or vandalism.
- Long Term Cloud Retention
Cloud backup retention can be tailored to the needs of your business. Data can be stored for months or years and recovered as necessary. This can be useful if your business is required to keep data for a period of time as specified by applicable regulations or industry standards.
Each of the backup solutions now offered by YJT Solutions offer the above features. Once you’re confident that your data is protected, your next consideration should be: how quickly can you recover?
Unparalleled Recoverability: Datto Disaster Recovery & Backup Services
YJT Solutions has partnered with Datto to bring best-in-class backup and disaster recovery solutions to our clients. Datto is an award-winning provider of backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions. Leveraging proprietary technologies, image-based backup, and a hybrid cloud based model, Datto enables businesses to not just backup data, but recover entire systems in a matter of minutes.
The winning formula for business continuity today is a combination of on and off-site backup protection, and Datto’s total data protection platform can be deployed as a physical, software or virtual appliance. In addition to the above-mentioned modern backup features, Datto solutions offer the ability to bring a backup copy of a server online in minutes.
- Local Virtualization
The Datto on-site appliance functions as a server host in case of emergency. An exact copy of your server can be brought online in a matter of minutes. Once the server copy is online, your business can continue to operate as normal while your server infrastructure undergoes repair or replacement. Once the server hardware is repaired, your data is migrated back, and your business continues to operate with minimal downtime.
- Cloud Virtualization
Of course, a disaster recovery solution would be incomplete without off-site redundancy. Cloud virtualization allows you to bring a copy of your servers online in a cloud-hosted recovery environment. This means that your servers can be online, and your business can continue to operate, even in situations where your office is inaccessible or completely offline.
- Flexible Deployment & Compatibility
- Total data protection platform can be deployed as a physical, software or virtual appliance.
- Users can easily protect physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure running on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
- Instant, Comprehensive Data Restoration
- Automated backups can be scheduled as often as every five minutes and server images are replicated to the Datto Cloud for disaster recovery.
- Data can be restored from highly secured, bi-coastal data centers at any point in time, and replacement servers can be booted locally or in the Datto Cloud to get back to business in minutes.
- All backup data is transferred to the cloud as a second layer of data protection and can act as a replica site for the business, should the local device be compromised.
- Secure, Effective Business Continuity
- Physical or virtual servers are hosted in a secure infrastructure out of top tier data centers that give you 24/7/365 access to your data and meet HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and other compliance standards.
- Screenshot Verification to test the bootability of each of your systems, before a disaster happens.
Proven Reliability: StorageCraft Local & Cloud Backup Services
YJT partners with StorageCraft to bring you our alternative backup offering with local and cloud backup services that leverage image-based backup technology to ensure an exact copy of your data is available at all times. These backups can be configured as local only, or replicated additionally to the Cloud for off-site redundancy.
This solution may be appropriate for businesses that do not require full disaster recovery services and can withstand periods of downtime in the event of an outage. For example, if server hardware needs to be repaired, there may be a delay while replacement equipment is ordered and installed. It may also be more suited for businesses with relatively smaller amounts of data on their machines. The local-only option can be used for data that is not mission critical, while YJT always recommends a cloud redundancy configuration for the data central to your ongoing operations.
Disaster Recovery vs. Backup Services
YJT Solutions offers three different solutions, each tailored to the requirements your business has for uptime and recoverability.
YJT Managed Backup & Disaster Recovery
YJT Solutions has partnered with Datto to protect our clients’ most critical systems, and ensure for the fastest possible recovery times. Datto builds the world’s easiest to manage and most dependable business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) products available today. With protection provided by Datto, not only can you ensure that your data is safely backed up, you can rest assured that your data will be available when you need it. The Datto platform provides instant virtualization options that allow an exact copy of your servers to be brought online either locally or in the Datto cloud in a matter of minutes.
YJT Managed Local & Cloud Backup
YJT Local & Cloud backup protects any server or workstation in your environment by saving an exact copy of your data to a network storage device. Backups are also synchronized to the cloud for off-site redundancy in order to provide an additional layer of protection against severe issues that might impact an entire office location.
This solution is better suited for companies that do not require disaster recovery services, and can withstand periods of downtime in the event of an outage.
YJT Managed Local Backup
Just as with the Local & Cloud Backup solution above, YJT Managed Local Backup will protect any server or workstation in your environment by saving an exact copy of your data to a network storage device. However, data is not synchronized off-site. [This is the bare minimum solution required for YJT Managed Services. YJT’s client understands the risk that in the event of fire, flood, or other major event, all data would potentially be lost.]