A 4 Step Guide for your Disaster Recovery plan
True Disaster Recovery is taking data from one site to another where it will be safe and separate from the event you encounter. There are many factors that separate a great DR plan from good one such as infrastructure, cloud provider, replication technology, cost, etc. Though every business prioritizes their plan differently, this checklist is essential to make sure your DR plan is the best it can be for business continuity:
- Define what applications need to come up first. What would cripple your business through the course of an event, should be top priority.
- Define the RTO’s and RPO’s of ALL your applications. If you need assistance with this, here is a resource that can help and we are happy to help you through this process as well.
- Test the functionality of your apps. Just because it’s running, doesn’t mean it can process transactions all the way through or work exactly as it should. Don’t forget to test the connectivity to your DR site too!
- Decide how and what you are going communicate with your employees and customers during a real-life event.
If you haven’t tested your plan in 6 months, it’s time to do so. The technology behind PvDC Cloud allows you to test quickly and as many times as you want. Using PvDC for DR also allows you to get your data back on prem as easy as it was to fail over – no lock-in here. Customer support is one of the pillars of our business and we’d be happy to assist in any way. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns with your DR plan.
Zerto and Net3 Partner to Protect your Business
Hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world leverage virtualization technologies to deliver their IT services and applications on scalable and efficient platforms. Regardless of the virtualization platform, the same key challenges of implementing a complete business continuity plan and disaster recovery strategy for virtualized applications remain.
Can your organization:
- • Maintain simplicity of DR across multi-hyperisors, clouds, and storage platforms?
- • Replicate protected virtual machines with a technology engine that is aligned with all the benefits of virtualization?
- • Minimize data loss through low RPO’s via continuous data protection?
- • Orchestrate and automate disaster recovery processes to deliver an RTO of minutes?
M33 Integrated could thanks to Net3’s native integration of Zerto into their Business Recovery Service. Here is a success story of how we helped M33 Integrated, now known as Transplace, fail over 127 servers in minutes without disruption to their end users and more importantly their customers.
Lets go beyond the same old conversation about “what is your disaster recovery plan?” The conversation should be centered around the details of creating a critical offsite application recovery plan that actually works without creating burden on your stretched IT team or budget. Contact us so we can show your business how we solve the issue of business resiliency today.
Insurance – the act of insuring, or assuring, against loss or damage by a contingent event. (Webster Dictionary)
We’re all used to buying insurance: home, car, life, and the list goes on. In business, we insure our data with backups and disaster recovery against power outages, fires, hurricanes, and the employee that just happens to make a wrong click in the wrong spot. We pay insurance for the event that we hope never happens, and when you think about it, it’s basically a sunk cost until you need it – praying you never do. That brings up the question:
Wouldn’t it be nice if our insurance payment was more than just another bill and had a secondary benefit?
Good news, your DR insurance payment can do more than just be a sunk cost. Net3 has developed a way for you to use your DR environment for Test/Dev. Recapturing your data set for Test/Dev purposes validates that insurance payment and puts your data to a meaningful use. By recapturing your DR data set, businesses can reduce the amount of time, effort and money required to address DR and Test/Dev independently.
Net3 and Actifio have partnered to help maximize the value of your DR data and have it packaged in a way to make it easy and cost efficient. Through PvDC’s single pane of glass Cloud Portal, companies can now capitalize on cost by allocating their DR resources to Test/Dev resources in just a few clicks.
If you’re interested in seeing a demo, contact us at 864-990-0112 or at N3T and we’ll be happy to show you how to make your insurance work for you.
“It’s evolve or die, really, you have to evolve, you have to move on otherwise it just becomes stagnant.” Craig Charles.
This quote by the famous British actor Craig Charles has never rung more true than in today’s business landscape. The battlefields are littered with so many examples where businesses refused to keep up and evolve. When is the last time you went to rent a movie at a Blockbuster, used a Blackberry device, mailed a letter at the Post Office, or even taken a taxi? It’s a Netflix, iPhone, Email, Uber kind of world out there. This same type of evolution is taking place in your datacenter whether you want to admit it or not.
Most people want to be out of the server business not because they have fallen out of love with their equipment, but because this model simply cannot keep up.
We are no longer willing to wait a month to spec out, purchase, receive, build, configure, implement and operate a new server.
If your competitor can get that new application running in hours and you can’t, you lose. If you can’t recover from a failure in minutes, you lose. If your business isn’t exploring the power of the cloud, you lose. There is no such thing as Neutral, you are either moving forward or you are moving backwards. Tim Robbins may have put it best in his famous role of Andy Dufrane in The Shawshank Redemption, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”
You don’t build a power plant to run the lights at your home, you connect to the local power grid paying for what you consume when you consume it. Wouldn’t it be odd if you had to wait three weeks for the air to cut on in your house when you turned the dial on the thermostat? What if the power company wanted to charge you upfront for what you may use over the next three years? You wouldn’t put up with this model in your home, so why do you put up with it in your business?
Its time to put serious consideration to what the cloud can do for your company. At N3T we pride ourselves in delivering one of the most innovative and personalized cloud solutions in the market today. We welcome the opportunity to show your business how our white glove approach to the cloud might be the perfect “next step” in your company’s technology evolution. Contact us today to discuss which cloud option is best for your business.
Net3 Technology is a leading Cloud Services Provider, giving customers the best-in-class cloud-based solutions in the most cost-efficient, fast and reliable manner. By utilizing Palmetto Virtual Data Center (PvDC) by Net3, companies now have the ability to deploy, scale and self-service its’ most critical business applications and processes in the Cloud without being locked into processes required by other Service Providers.
With Cloud ValetTM, Customers can now slash cloud costs through this easy to use tool.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – March 16, 2016 – Net3 Technology, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based managed services and data center platforms, giving customers individualized assessments to ensure companies are provided with the most effective solution, today announced its release of its Cloud ValetTM, a single-purpose SaaS tool within the PvDC Management Portal that enables users to automatically schedule on/off times for their virtual servers. Cloud ValetTM is an invaluable tool for development projects or temporary workloads and helps ensure that unattended resources are not left running, resulting in unnecessary charges. A free tool for all N3T customers, Cloud ValetTM allows businesses to verifiably reduce cloud computing costs by paying only for the resources that are actually used when needed.
“Our clients have been using on-demand resources in PvDC for some time now for development, DR, and testing. Its great to be able to spin a new environment at a moments notice but keeping cost in line always depended on a department or person to shut down the services they had spun up. People just simply forget to check behind themselves and sadly it costs money to keep services on you are not using. It’s really no different than when kids leave the lights or a faucet on at the house, all day, while the family is gone. The Cloud ValetTM scheduler has been a welcome tool to the on-demand resources used in PvDC. Being able to create schedules on the fly that shuts down servers and resources is a budgetary lifesaver. Simply create the variety of schedules you need, drag the virtual machines you want the schedule applied into the pool and in return, no more paying for resources that are not being used by your employees.” – Hudson Denney, founding partner and President of N3T.
“Cloud Valet has changed the way we consume our on-demand cloud development resources forever.” Said Elisabeth Self, Controller with Human Technologies, Inc. “Automated scheduling has cut our spend in almost half.”
Key Cloud ValetTM Features include:
•Scheduling groups of virtual servers – even linking back to turn on/off
•Temporarily suspending the action of a parking schedule
•Scheduling virtual servers on a common schedule – even across data centers
•Set precedence for server startup order
•Set delays in server startup timing – For example: allowing plenty of time of time to come online before other servers
About PvDC – Palmetto Virtual Data Center
Palmetto Virtual Data Center (PvDC) is one of the most advanced data center platforms available. It enables companies to reallocate resources to a hybrid or private cloud via a unified platform that ensures performance, scalability, and security at a reduced cost to most solutions on the market. Unlike larger data center suppliers that rely on commodity hardware, PvDC was built with scalability, flexibility, and ease of use in mind. Customers also have the ability to provision and control their own environments or to allow Net3 to manage them.
About Net3 Technology, Inc.
Net3 Technology, Inc. is a technology consultancy that provides cloud-based managed services, providing its customers with best in class IT solutions that are effective and cost efficient. The company is known for providing customers with big business support and services with a white glove, personalized approach, and ensuring every client gets the service and solutions that best fit its IT infrastructure needs. Net3 is based in Greenville, S.C. and services major organizations across the Southeastern United States, in industries including education, professional services, manufacturing and government. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.n3t.com/.
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