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Business Continuity Planning

Continuity planning is increasingly seen as an essential requirement in today's environment. The ability to maintain continued access to applications and data in the event of a hard drive crash, virus, outage or disaster is vital.

Best Practices

Relying 100% on traditional data backup and restore will not assure complete recovery to normal operations. Data protection is a critical base component, but business continuity plans must include system-wide contingencies to ensure complete disaster recovery.

For true business continuity, plans must include:

  • Local and offsite backup policies for user data, applications, databases and operating systems
  • Bare metal backup and hardware independent recovery
  • Ability to access applications and data in a virtual environment
  • Monitoring and diagnostics for proper backup and recovery operations

ABS Enterprise

A complete business continuity solution engineered for growing organizations. ABS Enterprise is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for Windows servers and workstations. ABS ensures that our partners provide their customers with complete protection of their valuable data and the ability for organizations to quickly recover in the event of a system failure or other outage.

Business Continuity Solution

System image backups are replicated to an onsite ABS Continuity Appliance and made available for immediate recovery. A second copy is sent to the ABS DR Infrastructure for maximum security. ABS datacenter staff monitor and maintain offsite systems and assist partners DR situations.

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Operational downtime is real and comes at a significant cost. Consider the following scenarios.

Business Continuity Data Backup Solutions

Scenario 1 – Loss of a Single Server

The most common “disaster” faced by organizations. A typical recovery scenario involves 1-2 days downtime to procure replacement hardware, install all software and re-configure the system.

The most recent backup image: OS, applications, data and configuration is stored locally on an ABS Continuity Appliance and replicated offsite. The image can be accessed locally on the appliance or virtually at the primary ABS datacenter. Operations resume, downtimes slashed and potential losses spared.

Business Continuity Planning

Scenario 2 – Complete site outage

Operations come to a halt. When a site outage occurs, the IT infrastructure can be accessed in a virtual environment while the now down central location is addressed.

Users are re-routed to continue work at a temporary or remote location. Once the infrastructure is re-built, the fail-back process enables restoration of all data and systems, including prior state plus new data added to the servers at the ABS Recovery Site. Recovery is flexible and hardware independent.

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