If you’re in business, then its likely you’ve got a database such as Exchange, SharePoint and SQL, and all the responsibility (and headaches) that go along with owning one. Without properly maintaining databases, in time, your applications dependent on them will slow and employees will have difficulty completing tasks. Those frustrations lead to a loss in productivity and a greater use of resources to accomplish everyday operations.
Maintaining Database Steps:
- Looking for signs of corruption from a hardware fault, 3rd party driver or firmware, or platform issues
- Reorganizing the database to remove old and deleted data and logs
- Managing and reviewing log files to trace odd program behavior or system access events
- Cleaning up leftover maintenance data by removing unneeded files allows your database to respond faster
- Rebuilding indexes regularly. Over time, index fragmentation can lead to gaps in data pages and logical fragmentation, which in turn leads to increased disk I/O and latency.
- Deleting historical data related to backup and restore activities to help your database to run more efficiently
- Backup your database regularly in order to recover from upgrades that don’t play nice, corrupted tables and other system problems that can lead to full-on disasters (more…)
Backup and recovery solutions are vital to your organization, but backup solutions that used to work effectively may no longer do the trick in today’s ever-changing computing landscape, especially if your firm relies heavily on virtualization. Veeam backup offers backup and disaster recovery solutions that make an ideal fit in the virtual environment.
Backup Solutions That No Longer Work
Tape backup has been a longstanding solution.
Tape restores take far longer to complete when compared to a restore from disk – or the even faster alternative – using the backup as the primary. That’s not even possible with tape.
Tape solutions mean that finding the data always means finding the right tape. That’s time consuming and risky.
With tape there is the risk of obsolesce of the media when the tape software or drive gets upgraded.
Finally, tape solutions simply cannot provide the guaranteed availability that every modern business requires.
Enter Veeam for the Virtual World
Veeam works in the virtual environment by backing up virtual machine images instead of files, storing the images in a secure, central location. If disaster were to strike, the VM images could be rebooted nearly instantly, rapidly restoring the machines with a recovery time and point objectives of fewer than 15 minutes for all data and applications.
How Veeam Works
Veeam’s software runs through what is called a hypervisor, which is a layer of software that allows for multiple VMs to be run on a single, physical machine. Veeam’s first task is to take full backup of each virtual machine. It then subsequently uses caching and duplication elimination processes to only store new information in the VM images.
Veeam Benefits and Options
The Veeam Availability Suite provides five main capabilities. They are:
- Rapid recovery: Choose exactly what you want to recover and how you want to recover it.
- Avoidance of data loss: Near-continuous data protection coupled with streamlined recovery methods
- Verified recoverability: Veeam stands by its ability to recover every application, file or virtual machine, with no exceptions.
- High visibility: Receive alerts and enjoy continuous monitoring to become aware of issues before they can affect operations.
The Veeam Availability Suite combines two products into a single solution: Veeam Backup & Replication for restoring and replicating information and Veeam ONE for monitoring and reporting. A smaller version of the Veeam Availability Suite, known as Veeam Backup Essentials, is available for smaller businesses that may not need the suite’s full capabilities.
Headquartered in Switzerland with main offices in Ohio, France and Australia, Veeam was founded in 2006. It has since become the go-to backup and recovery solution for more than 183,000 customers across the globe.
The team from Global Data Vault hit the strip in Las Vegas last week, exhibiting at the datacenter availability event, VeeamON 2015. VeeamON 2015 connects the world’s leading IT experts and visionaries to learn how to ensure Availability for the Modern Data Center™.
Global Data Vault served as an event sponsor of VeeamON 2015, hosting a booth to share how our Veeam Cloud Connect with full disaster recovery service differs from the competition: Our solution is fully-managed and monitored. We also offer an EZ Dash web portal view of your protection. Plus, our risk-free 30 day evaluation is a great way to test-drive our expertise – and then enjoy our simplified pricing based on the size of the VMs on your storage.
VeeamON wasn’t all business however. Embracing the Star Trek theme, VeeamON featured the legendary William Shatner as master of ceremonies at the closing event. We felt it only fitting to show our sense of humor by giving away these punny shirts.
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When it comes to picking a cloud disaster recovery service provider, you can make an easy choice by simply picking the one with the lowest rates per GB, right? Not so fast. Even if a cloud disaster recovery provider quotes you mere cents on the dollar per GB, the provider may have a costly lineup of hidden fees that aren’t obvious until you get the bill. A few key questions can help you avoid these fees by choosing a provider that includes them.
Top 4 Questions to Uncover Hidden Fees
Are there additional fees for a recovery environment? A recovery environment is essential when your network goes down and you have no access to the usual resources that keep your business’s computers up and running. These include computing power, memory, storage and bandwidth, all things that are part of a virtual data center your cloud disaster recovery plan can provide. Your question is, however, does the provider include access to this virtual data center in the base cost or will you be charged an additional monthly fee and/or a per-use as the need arises?
Are there additional fees for your retention? Service providers can offer a fixed monthly price based on how long you need to retain your data, while others may adjust your rates and fees based on your data’s daily change rate. The daily change rate refers to the percentage of your data that’s expected to change on a daily basis, a rate that varies by industry, nature of the data and other factors.
If loads of data change on a regular basis, you may end up paying loads of extra fees to keep your backup up to date. This holds true even though it’s rare for businesses to need to recover its entire cache of backup data when recovery services are required.
Will you be charged additional fees for a failover event? In theory, cloud disaster recovery services were created to give you support, backup and access to resources you need in the event of a total disaster. In reality, service providers may charge additional fees if you ever need to take them up on those services.
Is the cost of local protection for fast, local restores included? Even if you’re paying a big-time monthly rate for big-time cloud disaster recovery services, you may be subjected to additional costs related to the local data storage or “repository” or “appliance” required to support fast local restores.
Suddenly the low cost per GB can add up to an astronomical amount of money if these four services aren’t included in your cloud disaster recovery plan. A Global Data Vault plan includes all of these services – and more. With no hidden costs, no vacillating calculations and no surprises if you actually need to use the services your plan was created to provide.
GDV makes it easy to pick a cloud disaster recovery provider by offering one lower monthly fee for everything. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Contact GDV today.
What It Cloud Disaster Recovery?
Often shortened to DR, disaster recovery is a plan put into place if a disaster hits. Cloud DR refers to a component in your disaster recovery plan that involves the use of a cloud environment.
The Cloud Component
The cloud component of a disaster recovery plan can involve various strategies that use a cloud environment.
- Online or Cloud Backup: Using an online backup system lets you store copies of your data in an offsite data storage environment at regular intervals. You can choose which workstations and servers you want protected, perform an initial data load, and then use only incremental backups that keep your data current and secure.
- Disaster Recovery Failover: Disaster recovery failover provides a cloud-based environment that is a complete rebuild of your infrastructure that sits ready if you should lose access to your primary IT infrastructure.
Benefits of Cloud DR
Using a cloud environment in your disaster recovery plan comes with a number of critical benefits:
- Speed, with instant restore capabilities
- Security, with an off-site, protected environment
- Scalability, with the ability to grow your cloud solution right along with your business
- Compatibility, with the ability to work with a number of different servers and systems
One more benefit of cloud DR is the overall low cost, especially when compared to other DR strategies. Cloud DR can be used in combination with other techniques to fully fortify your company and keep your data safe.