Testing your disaster recovery plan is crucial to ensure that your organization is prepared to minimize downtime in the event of a disaster. Here are some steps you can take to test your disaster recovery plan:
Define Test Scenarios: Define test scenarios that simulate real-world disaster scenarios. These scenarios should be designed to test specific aspects of your disaster recovery plan, such as data recovery, network failover, and application availability.
Involve All Relevant Parties: Involve all relevant parties in the testing process, including IT staff, business unit leaders, and third-party vendors. This will help to ensure that everyone is on the same page and understands their role in the event of a disaster.
Document Test Results: Document the results of each test scenario, including any issues or areas for improvement. This will help you to refine your disaster recovery plan and ensure that it's as effective as possible.
Test Regularly: Test your disaster recovery plan on a regular basis, such as quarterly or bi-annually. This will help to ensure that your plan remains up-to-date and effective in the face of evolving threats and technologies.
Automate Where Possible: Automate as much of the testing process as possible, such as data replication, failover, and recovery. This will help to minimize the risk of human error and improve the overall efficiency of your disaster recovery plan.
By following these steps, you can test your disaster recovery plan to work on minimizing downtime and ensure that your organization is prepared to quickly recover from a disaster.
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Apr 3, 2023
Testing your disaster recovery plan is an essential step to ensure that it will work effectively in minimizing downtime. There are several ways to test your disaster recovery plan, and the following are some suggestions to consider:
Tabletop Exercises: Tabletop exercises are simulations that test the effectiveness of your disaster recovery plan. They involve gathering key stakeholders together to walk through various scenarios and discuss how they would respond. This exercise can help identify any gaps or weaknesses in your plan, and can help refine your processes.
Partial Failover Tests: Partial failover tests involve testing a subset of your IT systems to see if they can failover to your disaster recovery site. This test helps identify any issues with your failover processes and can help refine your failover procedures.
Full Failover Tests: Full failover tests involve testing all of your IT systems to see if they can failover to your disaster recovery site. This test is more comprehensive than the partial failover test and can help identify any issues with your entire IT infrastructure.
Unannounced Tests: Unannounced tests involve testing your disaster recovery plan without informing your IT team in advance. This test can help identify how quickly your team can respond to a disaster recovery situation and can help refine your communication processes.
Production Failover Tests: Production failover tests involve testing your disaster recovery plan during a planned outage of your production environment. This test can help identify any issues with your failover processes and can help refine your procedures.
It is important to note that testing your disaster recovery plan should be done on a regular basis to ensure that it remains effective and relevant. It is also important to document and analyze the results of your tests to identify areas for improvement and to update your plan accordingly.
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Mar 17, 2023
The key to recovery from a Ransomware attack is the boy scout motto "Be Prepared". In our case, not only did we have backups at the DR site but both the Production site and DR site each had a NAS on a different subnet with different Admin passwords that had backup copies, so 4 total backups. We also were using iSCSI connections to our SAN which the ransomware was not able to cross when they polluted the connection file. This was an unexpected bonus. We were basically back up and running in 4 hours after wiping and restoring files. Lessons learned were to separate as much as possible so if one part of the domain/forest gets corrupted it cannot travel to the other areas. We now use Veeam for Hyper-V windows VMs and Zerto for VMware VMs, another separation of business functions with different admin passwords. Nothing is foolproof but by making it as difficult as possible then makes more time to catch and stop the attack sooner.
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The next generation backup tools for me are Goodsync and Gs Richcopy 360 , always up to date with many features and integrate with clouds , VMwares and servers easily
When it comes to selecting a backup solution for a hybrid environment, it's important to consider the unique challenges that come with managing data across multiple platforms. In this case, combining VMware, AWS, and GCP requires a solution that can handle different types of virtual machines, operating systems, and cloud storage options.
One of the best backup solutions for a hybrid environment is a cloud-based backup service that can work across multiple platforms. This type of solution can offer flexible backup options, including backing up data to a cloud storage service or to on-premises storage. In addition, cloud-based backup solutions can offer automated backup scheduling and easy recovery options, making it easy to restore data in the event of a disaster.
Another important consideration is the ability to perform incremental backups, which can help reduce backup times and minimize the amount of data that needs to be transferred. This is particularly important in a hybrid environment where data is spread across multiple platforms and networks.
Considering all these factors, I would recommend Syncback and Gs Richcopy360 as two of the best backup solutions for a hybrid environment. Both of these solutions offer a range of features that can help simplify backup management across different platforms.
- Gs Richcopy360 is an excellent backup solution that can work across multiple platforms. It offers robust file copying and synchronization features, including the ability to copy files between different cloud storage services. Gs Richcopy360 also offers options for scheduling and automation, making it easy to set up regular backups across a hybrid environment.
- Syncback is a comprehensive backup solution that can work across VMware, AWS, and GCP environments. It supports incremental backups, encryption, and compression, and can backup data to a variety of destinations, including cloud storage services. Additionally, Syncback offers flexible scheduling options and can be configured to run automated backups at regular intervals.
For hybrid environments, I suggest enterprise software like Netbackup and CommVault both have versatile solutions for cloud tiering while for on-premise environments with only VMWare and without legacy systems (AIX, Solaris, etc.) the best suitable product is currently Veeam availability suite.
Hello, to me, it does not matter which tool is used for Backup. What is important, is the value of the data that is being backup and what can be restored and how fast.
Do we have instant recovery (Veeam, Zerto), files versions (IBM Spectrum), Snapshot (VMWare, SAN), Replication (SAN), Cloud backup, etc.?
Also, to be taken into consideration: cost, location, storage, networking, time to backup/restore.
Another item that needs to be addressed is ransomware.
That being said, the next generation of backup tools should include all the above.
Veeam Backup and Replication
Rubrik covers all of the use cases you outlined. Get it if you can budget for it.
Veeam is a solid technology yet I found Rubrik is easier to integrate and deploy.
NetBackup The #1 data protection solution for over three decades and is currently trusted by 87% of the Fortune 500. NetBackup provides organizations the ability to protect and recover data at scale, from edge to core to cloud. NetBackup streamlines data protection management, ensures business-critical resiliency and delivers customer choice with a single platform supporting any workload, any cloud and any architecture at any scale.
InfoScale High availability solution that decouples mission-critical applications, systems and databases from the underlying infrastructure like physical, virtual and cloud; to make a flexible and fluid IT environment. That enables enterprise-class optimizations to provide business continuity, application performance, and infrastructure agility across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
Aptare IT Analytics Cloud-based IT analytics platform that provides actionable insights across any cloud, any storage, and any data protection solution. The platform provides a single-pane-of-glass into a customer’s environment, working to give unique correlated insights that help organizations optimize storage costs, cloud utilization, mitigate risk and streamline backup compliance across on-prem, virtual and hybrid clouds environments.
Backup Exec Fast, simple, complete, cost-effective backup and recovery solution for Small to Mid-Market customers, wherever their data lives. Minimize downtime and disruption with granular restore, instant recovery of VM's, bare-metal disaster recovery, physical to virtual and virtual to physical recovery. Cloud data protection with connectors for all major cloud vendors, included for free!
Veeam® recognizes the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Enterprise™, a business that must operate 24x7x365. To address this, Veeam has pioneered a new market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ by helping organizations meet recovery time and point objectives (RTPO™) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data, through a fundamentally new kind of solution that delivers high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified recoverability, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Availability Suite™, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication™, leverages virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies that enable the modern data center to help organizations save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs, while always supporting the current and future business goals of Veeam customers.
@Ivan Monnier more details feel free to DM me. If you have any specific requirements I will help you in that personally.
We recently switched to Commvault and are very satisfied by now. It supports all your mentioned cases as data source as well as the backup target.
From the posts shared here its now clear that there are many backup solution - however, most of them purpose built, its good to find the purpose of backup and a POC with top 3 Vendor should help you forward further.
We are using Cohesity as a backup solution - they have good support team, an(VM/Physical/ORacle,MSSQL/Azure) are under backup. Lack of full DR solutions is the only downside we see at our setup for Cohesity.
Everyone has recommended good reliable solutions, Rubrik, Veeam, Druva would be our top choices. You need to decide how quickly you need to get a solution deployed and running, how much you want to spend over the next 3-5 years, does your business have any reason not to be in the cloud, do you need to backup every Whirlpool location and endpoint or are the individual regions responsible for their own local data, how quickly and how often you need to upload and download, are you operating M365, do you have any relationship with AWS and perhaps you would like to buy a solution via AWS Marketplace? Druva and Veeam are both AWS vendor partners and use AWS infrastructure...
The list goes on
Ok, since you want talk with us, here is my recommendation: Rubrik. Install it wherever you want, cloud, datacenter, edge, it is your choice. Enjoy the google search experience if you are looking for a file to retrieve. Dont know the market share but that is just statistics anyway and bound to be old news.
As you are working for a pretty big company you may want to know that HomeDepot has deployed rubrik on over 2200 locations just in 3 days time. Preparation for that stunt with significant longer. But that is just how much you can do with automation on that product.
Will change your point-of-view on backup, for sure.
VEEAM backup is very good and we are using it since 3 years
If you are looking for a solution for a hybrid environment that covers the solutions mentioned then Veeam is the way to go. They cover both Hyper-V and VMware as well as all the cloud platforms with their appliances.
Yes there are other solutions and as mentioned ensure you understand what you are trying to achieve when it comes to backup and recovery.
The recommendations have been spot on however, if your budget is very limited there are options we offer for cloud and on-premise backup which are significantly lower priced but as reliable and as feature rich as the brand leaders. Security is always a focus area and it is essential that any solution we offer has controls in place to prevent ransomware and or malicious deletion of critical back ups.
We first need to define what a “next generation” backup is. Now everything is NG, because it is a trend that all new products are called this way. Then comes the question of what needs you have, what kind of backup you need. Is it an on-premise or a Cloud solution. Each of us can recommend one, which we use. Whichever one you choose to be modern, that is, to follow trends and develop, will do the job for you.
We, specifically for 5 years, have been using Commvault and we are very satisfied. First of all, it is complete, which enables all possible (and not possible) combinations, supports almost all HW vendors, as well as vendors that offer Cloud solutions. What attracted us is that it is innovative, that follows trends and quickly adapts to the market. And what we like the most is that we, as admins, from one place, from one console, can manage absolutely all processes in the backup system.
It depends, but Veeam is definitely the best!!!
If you are looking for the backup of whats next? For a complete cloud data management that delivers flexbility, simplicity and reliability then Veeam is the right answer. Its beyond backup and recovery, although it is our flagship but Veeam serves its customers in five main areas: backup and recovery, cloud mobility, automation and orchestration, monitoring and analytics and covernance and compliance and all this from a single platform as software layer that can seamlessly integrate with your current infra avoiding vendor lock-in and supports any type of workload whether physical (win, linux, unix, mac) or virtual, cloud or containers through native robust backup capabilities to ensure the best availability features in the market. Veeam is currently leading the market and has the biggest marketshare in EMEA and a clear leader in Gartner and more than 400k+ customers worlwide. Visit Veeam.com and start the journey to peace of mind!
Assuming you have an onprem ecosystem which runs the VMware, physical systems on Win, Linux and Unix and run both traditional DB's and nosql DB's like mongo, then Netbackup (NBU) will be the right tool, since it works with all cloud vendors. The added advantage is the ease of use and the automation that comes with it being able to manage traditional snapshots, manage data replication with existing or Netbackup's inherent tools for physical and virtual machines with an orchestration engine embedded in the product. NBU scales in backing up 10,000's of VM's. It's also deployable in the cloud.
Should you not have the Unix environments but still need something for similar requirements, then do a trial of Backup Exec.
We are evaluating this very question. The best solution to protect onPrem systems as well as Cloud based systems.
For us, Cohesity appears to be edging out several of the other options. They have robust solutions for both onPrem (virtual & Physical) systems as well as Cloud (CloudSpin, DRaaS, DMaaS, etc.)
But, as others have pointed out, there's a lot unknown within the question. If you are protecting PaaS systems, there will likely be holes with any 3rd party tool. So it may be a hybrid approach (depending on your full set of requirements...)
First, you need to address that data that needs to be backed up whether it is raw data, files, VMs, DB, Physical servers, Linux, etc... cause these will give you a clearer image of what to choose. I am using both cloud and on-premises backup solutions and as per my experience, all are Cloud-enabled. For VMs and Microsoft Windows Physical Servers 100000000000000% Veeam but for oracle and Unix/Linux physical servers you might check Veritas Netbackup. Now for Cloud providers, a question is raised whether you need your cloud backed up data to be mounting on cloud instances to test them as if you are having a Cold DR, so all support them but AWS & VMWare are much easier than Google and got a lot of tools and compatibility with the backed up data. After all, you don't want to buy only cloud storage but to take advantage of what you can benefit from that service.
All of the above is based on my experience and use cases I made to proceed with the best solution that meets MY BUSINESS need cause this may vary from one organization to another,
If you need any assistance, I am ready o help.
Druva - 100% cloud, unlimited uploads and downloads, includes de-duping, built-in security protection from Ransomware scanning to encrypted storage and locked files. They only charge for the data size once de-duped. Processes to test that your backups actually work too.
Let's face it, unless you absolutely have to keep you data on-premise why would anyone want to support their own hardware platform? Hardware can fail, needs refreshing, power and space and eventually runs out of capacity.
Also, only one vendor does it all, which addresses one of the priorities on most CIO and CISO's list i.e. reduce the number of vendors to manage. Lastly - Include backing up M365 environments which is often overlooked but an essential component of anyone's back up strategy. The cloud providers (Azure, AWS, GCP...) are responsible for the infrastructure not your data, if you lose data in your M365 environment due to malicious or careless employees, or it gets corrupted by malware, guess what? - Microsoft probably won't be able to help you. A Druva secure, tested back-up that can be searched by folder and file provides you the peace of mind that you can always recover wherever you are.
However, Steffen Hornung is absolutely right, make sure you are clear what you are trying to achieve against what your infrastructure is today and your migration plans are before you opt for a solution and spend money.
Commvault and Veeam
c'est aussi un meilleurs logicielle pour votre préoccupation, je vous le recommande, c'est un logicielle qui permet de restaurer et de sauvegarder tout les donner
You can choose any backup solution until it is secure and HA enabled with 0 downtimes give the best. As I see all the product lunch in the market has it's own USP and solution address to the client needs.
Don't want to bore you with another set of product names. I am sure you are proficient using google. You even found IT Central Station!
Anyhow this question is beautifully wide open.
You don't mention what you are using and what the pain points are (if any).
So I see you adopted multicloud with vmware on-prem and Clouds an Google and Amazon.
What are you using there?
Hard to tell you something you could use as a recommendation when there is nothing to feed off. As an infrastructure analyst you would have the answer to MY question, right?
So tell us a little more about what you are trying to accomplish what the current toolset can't. I assume you DO HAVE BACKUP in place, right?