Free Webinar: Full Failover and Failback in the Cloud

I am not a fan of backing up to the cloud at all. To me, it just makes more sense to create your own offsite disaster recovery program that YOU control and secure. But I am willing to be convinced that backing up to the cloud makes sense.

We received this add from Redmond Channel Partner for an upcoming webinar and thought we would pass it on:

Event Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM PDT

Jack Taugher, VP and Owner at AIR Technology Services, recently had a client experience a disaster scenario. Fortunately Jack had planned for the worst and the server was being backed up to the Doyenz cloud nightly, enabling him to perform a full failover and failback in the cloud.

Here, unfiltered, are Jack’s words:

“If it wasn’t for Doyenz, they would have been s**t-outta-luck. Their local external backup drive that Doyenz monitors and sends up and off-site, failed too. You were the ONLY copy of backup they had.”

Jack will discuss recovering his client’s production environment in the cloud with Doyenz and why it is a core offering for his business. Jack will be joined by Eric Webster, Chief Revenue Officer at Doyenz, who will discuss how Doyenz partners are profiting from this unique offering. Register today!

Disaster Recovery: Catastrophic System Failure

Could your business data survive a fire, flood, tornado or terrorist attack? What if your server was dragged out into the middle of a field and shot with fully automatic weapons and then blown up? Think it couldn’t happen? Okay, having some good boys from Texas unloading on your server probable isn’t going to happen to your business. I have to admit though, I am a tad jealous, NY tends to frown on automatic weapon use. (Just for the record, I am not endorsing the company in the video, I just liked the commercial.)

It is imperative that you have an emergency recovery plan for your system and your data in cases of emergency. Over the years I have seen fires, floods and even cars destroy systems.  The impossible can happen. One company had several systems damaged by flood waters on the second floor of a factory. No, it wasn’t a monsoon; a hill wrapped around the back of the factory.  A flash flood one day sent water from the top of the hill through a second story window.

Several times I have seen where people have been in a hurry to get out the door. Their hands are full, so they put their laptop on top of the car so they can unlock the door. They then get into the car and take off. Realizing quickly that the laptop is not in the car, they stop and back up. The laptop in the meantime had slid off the back of the car when they took off and landed squarely in the path of the back wheels.

Companies exist that can get data off of drives and backup media that have gone through some pretty rough times. But they are not cheap. It is always a good idea to have a backup of data (and whole systems if possible) offsite. Many people will make a backup and then store it near the machine they just backed up. If the office is lost, you can replace the machines, but you may not be able to replace the data.

High availability locations have offsite backup (and sometimes mirrored servers) so if the building is lost, they can get back up quickly in another location. Some smaller companies will rotate backup tapes to an offsite location. The questions to consider when looking at offsite solutions is how much redundancy do you need, how much data will need to be re-entered, and how long will it take me to get back up and running? Offsite security is also an issue. Personally, I would not have another company store my backups. I would want complete control over my backups and security issues come to mind. But if you have followed my blog for awhile you also know that I am not a fan of cloud computing.

Offsite backup companies do exist that will store your data for you. If they meet your needs, then go for it. The important thing is to have a functional data recovery process, plans and procedures.

Disaster recovery is imperative and whatever method you end up choosing, it would be a wise idea to test it every so often so that when you need it, you won’t face any additional surprises.

File Carving: Recover Data From Hard Drive, USB and CD-ROM

When you erase a file on your computer, it doesn’t just disappear. The directory table is updated saying that the space used by the file is now able to be overwritten. But the file is still intact. Data recovery programs exist to “un-erase” these files. Now, what if your hard drive is damaged, the directory table is corrupt or you need to get data off of a CD-ROM, USB or iPhone?

What if you could recover data from a drive without using the directory table at all? What if you could search a storage media looking for picture files that are hidden or missing? Well, now you can. CGSecurity has created a program called Photorec.

When files are stored on a drive, they are stored in a particular pattern. Picture files have start of image bits and end of image bits. If a program finds these patterns and reads the data in between, the picture will be recovered. Photorec has the ability to  recover most common file types including text files, movie files, audio files, and Outlook data files. Some people have even used this utility to recover Iphone data.

It works very well, I ran it on my laptop and it found thousands of deleted items, which I could easily view. Read all about it at CGSecurity.