IT Disaster Recovery – IT Continuity for your Business
Businesses of all sizes are highly reliant on their IT servers. These vital pieces of equipment hold your data files, your accounts, your customer data, your Email and much more besides. Most businesses run some sort of data backup either to tape, disk or off-site via the Internet. However, what most business owners fail to consider is how long it would take for the company to get working again if their server was lost or damaged. They therefore do not have a realistic IT disaster recovery strategy in place.
Consider these facts. It would typically take 1 day to find and take delivery of an appropriate new piece of server hardware. Another day to install the Windows operating system, install the associated services (like Exchange and SQL Server), the data backup software and then re-install all the patches and security updates. It would then take another day to actually restore your data from disk or tape (and even longer if it had to be downloaded from an off-site backup service.)
That’s at least 3 days with no access to any of your IT systems… no Email, no files, no accounts… no IT continuity for your business. In this day-and-age, where Email is critical to the operation of your business, you simply cannot afford to be ‘down’ for that length of time. If you can’t process customers’ orders, they may go elsewhere. At MBM we think that this is unacceptable and believe that most business owners agree with us.
MBM’s IT Disaster Recovery Solution
Conventional backup and restore processes just don’t cut it anymore. So at MBM we have created an online service that continuously streams your critical IT server to our Midlands data centre. Any changes made on your server such as new files, Emails, updates, etc are copied almost immediately to this remote backup server over your Internet connection.
This process is similar to off-site data backup. However, the main difference is that we are continuously restoring your data onto a hard disk our end. This means that in the event of a serious failure, you don’t have to wait for a restore operation to finish. Our backup is always a complete, working and ready-to-go image of your server from just before the point where your machine was lost.
If something goes terribly wrong with your server (if it’s stolen, damaged or seriously crashed), we simply marry-up the live version of your server that we have in our data centre with a loan server and bring them both to your site. Our engineer then starts your server on the loan hardware and your business is back on-line in hours… not days!
This service means we are constantly prepared for an IT failure and will deliver you a working server in the event of the worst happening. No delays, no restores and no hassle. And if you’re ever been through an IT disaster in the past and have experienced days without Emails or Internet access, you’ll know just how frustrating that is.
The Price for MBM’s IT Disaster Recovery Service
Our IT disaster recovery / IT continuity service costs an affordable £160+VAT per month (that’s roughly £5.30 per day) for a server with less than 1Tb of data. A minimum one year contract is required, with no setup fee. If you have lots of servers and more data than 1Tb, we can arrange a discount.
- The service includes world-class data backup software which, along with streaming updates to our data centre, can be used to backup your server to a set of USB disks locally. You can never have enough data backups.
- If you lost your entire building, our loan server (and your latest server image) will be delivered to a different location. A small business can get up and running again from the managing director’s dining room table!
- We help with your day-to-day data recovery. Data backup systems are most often used to retrieve single files or folders when they have been accidentally deleted or overwritten.
Geography – We are based in the West Midlands so can reach any part of the UK mainland within a day.
Your Internet Connection – You need a quality, business-grade Internet connection. If you can’t send us your server updates promptly, we cannot guarantee we will have your data and provide an up to date recovery service.
Admin Access – We need to have access to our software on your server so our technicians can ensure that everything is running well and make changes if necessary. We will not have direct access to your data.
We have been supplying computer networks and IT support to businesses for over 20 years. During that time we have seen many organisations lose their servers, either through theft, physical damage or an IT issue like an infection or disk failure. Although every customer performs their data backups, the time to restore those backups (known as the ‘Recovery Time’) is too slow in today’s fast-paced world. Our IT disaster recovery service addresses that issue. We use world-class software, a robust central data centre, pre-restored server images and skilled technicians who are ready-to-go at a moment’s notice.
So, please take a minute to think about how long your backup would take to restore and then consider if you can afford to be down for that long.
If you want an IT disaster recovery and IT continuity solution that will get you working again in hours rather than days, contact us. Call us on 01902 324494 to discuss your requirements.