Disaster Recovery

You don’t plan to fail, you fail to plan

Whether your business has just a few networked computers or a highly complex infrastructure, it is reliant on technology – and when the technology stops working, so does your business.  Realistically, all systems can and will fail at some point.  You should invest in a disaster recovery plan that is consistent with the opportunity cost of failure when, not if, your system goes down.

System failure can result from any number of circumstances, from damage directly to a computer to damage to/loss of a building.  It may sound silly, but if your brew spills on your computer as you’re reading this, just how much will you lose?  Now multiply that by a factor of tens, hundreds, or even thousands, and assess what your business would lose if the server just stopped working one afternoon.  What data is backed up, and what have you lost forever?  How long before the system is restored?  It takes time to order a server, get it delivered, and get things back up and running again; days at the very least, weeks in some cases – unless you have a plan in place that gets it done faster.

We can help you assess and manage the risk of data loss, minor system failures, and even catastrophic system failure and loss.  We can work with you to ensure that your data is backed up incrementally based on your needs, your hardware can be repaired and/or replaced quickly when necessary, and we can even explore cloud-based business continuity alternatives for more serious scenarios.  Let us give you the peace of mind that your technology is safe and the confidence that you can rely on it.

What we offer

Dune Root Ltd. is an authorized re-seller of the ShadowProtect system.  Once setup, the system we put in place will take a snapshot of your server every fifteen minutes.  Images can be restored onto new hardware very quickly, usually within four hours.  In a fully-protected environment, the business should lose no more than a half day’s work (an estimated four hours plus a maximum of fifteen minutes between snapshots).

Costs

Initial Risk Assessment:  £0

We are happy to come to your place of business to evaluate your  individual information technology recovery requirements absolutely free.  We can outline the options available to you and let you choose what is best for your business.

ShadowProtect Setup: TBD

Depending on the size of your business and network infrastructure, setup could take as little as a couple of hours or as much as a day – it rarely takes more time than that.  We recommend installing ShadowProtect on a many servers as you have, and that your network be managed in such a way that important data is stored on the server (not on individual workstations).  Our initial risk assessment will reflect all that needs to be done, which can vary depending on what steps you have already taken to streamline your data storage.

On-site Storage: £60 per server, per month

Cost of the backing up/imaging process is based on the number of servers protected.  So, for a small business with just one server, this can be as little as £60 per month.

Off-site Storage: £20 per server, per month

Cost of storing your data offsite is essential to business continuity in the event of damage to your system on-site, for instance in a flood or fire.

Temporary Cloud-based Servers:  £15 per server, per month

We can offer you the use of a virtualized server in a cloud, providing temporary services for up to six servers, so that you can continue to work with reduced speed while on-site servers are repaired or replaced.  The data on the server is kept up-to-date every fifteen minutes, so that you can swap over to the cloud server with no more than fifteen minutes of data loss.

Demonstration/Emergency-Preparedness Drill:  £45 per hour

We recommend that your business undergo an emergency preparedness drill once every year or each time you make significant changes to your network infrastructure, whichever happens sooner.  We can help you organize the drill so that it represents a scenario realistic for your business, and then perform whatever server restoration is necessary based on the circumstances.  Remember, it’s much easier to work out what will happen in the event of sudden loss when the exercise is scheduled and the stakes are low than when the real thing happens.