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[VIDEO] Worst-Case Data Disaster Scenarios

Steven Rodin from Storagepipe interviewed about worst-case backup failures and how to prevent it



One expression I've heard is that anyone can back up. And the real trick is recovering.


That's very true.

We often walk into situations where a companies say they've been backing up. But then you look over the log files and you see that this company hasn't backed up consistently in over a year. You might see one backup here and one backup there... but it's failing 90% of the time.

And because nobody's monitoring it... that's why these things happen.

So services like ours don't just come with the technology... but they also come with the services associated with it... and the monitoring... and making sure that the recoveries are possible.

And the other thing about it is that because we offer a SaaS model, we constantly have people backing up and recovering from our systems... so that they're constantly being tested through the normal course. Whereas, when most people do their own backups... they're not regularly testing their recovery and they don't ever try to recover until they actually have to do a recovery. Which is the worst time to find out something didn't work.


When you say that's one of the worst ways to find out, I've had that happen just in terms of my own desktop setups. And that's why I have no less than 4 different backup systems in place at all times now. And that sounds paranoiac... but yeah. I've lost too much data this way.

I'm wondering though if you've actually ever heard any horror stories or case studies of businesses being shut down because at this point they rely so much on their servers and within a week, they're out of business.


There are a number of instances of people having issues. I can't think of any specific cases off the top of my head, but there are a number of cases where businesses have had issues where systems go down and they lose customers.

I should say even that one of the people we're working with... I can't say specific names... We had a company come to us for backup of an IBM AS400 platform that had literally lost transaction data from a day's worth of transactions. That was thousands of dollars lost that they couldn't get back.

So you have situations like that where if there's no way to recover those transactions then there may be no way of billing for them. That's revenue lost.

There are situations like that all the time that come up where people have lost data or work that was done. And that's productivity that's drained right out of the company. And those are just simple examples without going into full-scale disasters where servers go down and the whole business is not running anymore.


Let me just give you a scenario here to help get my head around it. For instance, run a start-up off of a virtual private server. It's hosted across several locations and it's been very reliable. But you know, things happen.

What would happen... I mean walk me through the steps here... if at 8am... a backhoe ripped out my VPS's connection to the outside world. What would your service do at this point.


Well, it depends on which of our services you're talking about here. But if we're talking about the high availability service as an example.. . then really the networks would just fail over to the alternate server location. And within minutes, the traffic would be rerouted to an alternate server.

But how current at that point is that data backup?

Well once again, that's configurable. But it's asynchronous replication. If you're talking about Doubletake as an example... it's in real time. It just depends on what your settings are for that. But you can have near real-time continuous protection depending on what your needs are. You can set that for hourly or you can have that set to real-time. It's really up to you to set that configuration.

In the case of a backup, we have other services where... for example... We have some technology called "virtual recovery"... where in the process of actually recovering that data to an alternate location, you can access our on-site appliance technology in the background and have people not realize they're accessing the backup server instead of the primary server.

And this can be almost instantaneous for businesses that are looking to have failover for their file server.

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