Top 8 Disaster Recovery (DR) Software Tools

Veeam Backup & ReplicationCommvaultZertoNetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAPQuorum OnQNakivoVembu BDR SuiteVMware SRM
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    Sandbox feature is like a power tool for troubleshooting.The solution does a good job with VM backups.
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    The solution is easy to use and the duplication is quite good.It is easy to use and stable. It delivers what has been promised. When it says it can do something, it can actually do it, as opposed to some of its competitors.
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    The most valuable features are the single pane of glass and the reduction in time it takes for our systems engineering team to manage the platform.The most valuable feature is the ease of upgrades.
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    We're able to use the SnapMirror function and SnapMirror data from our on-prem environment into Azure. That is super-helpful. SnapMirror allows you to take data that exists on one NetApp, on a physical NetApp storage platform, and copy it over to another NetApp storage platform. It's a solid, proven technology, so we don't worry about whether data is getting lost or corrupted during the SnapMirror.
  6. Quorum OnQ has taken the guesswork out of backup/recovery and disaster recovery. The most useful feature is the one-click recovery.
  7. Every new version has got some tweaks and improvements in stability and speed.It is easy to manage all of the individual backup jobs, check the status every day, and it can even send an email to keep us informed.
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  9. The Vembu BDR product is very intuitive and easy to use. When you're looking at your dashboard, you can see all your active jobs. You can see exactly if they're successful or failed and you can actually drill down and see what caused the problem. The fact you can see that right away is nice.
  10. The solution is very flexible.The stability of SRM has been excellent. It gets a nine-out-of-ten.

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How does CDP backup work? Is it an effective replacement for traditional backup solutions? 
author avatarTim Lenz
Real User

While CDP is a good idea it does not protect if the database gets corrupted. This is the second purpose of the database backup scenario. The Grandfather, Father, Son, and off-site storage are the second level of protection against Ransomware too. My experience is that it takes two to three weeks to catch a data corruption which would have been repeated multiple times already with CDP.

author avatarreviewer1298934 (Director Cloud Backup and DRaaS at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
Real User

No it does not replace backup. This supports RTOs in the case of DR, but backup establishes long term retention and separation for ransomware.

author avatarJacek Woytynowski

CDP is a significantly effective mechanism for protecting data, it is used for the highest priority environments or critical for business operations. For environments with a high RTO.

author avatarDevenShah
Real User

The backup platform being used could have CDP (continuous data protection) as an integral part of the solution. It is the first stage of user data back up, this gets added to the main back up. So in summary CDP is part of back up when considering user data. 

Why should businesses prioritize having a disaster recovery solution?  Do you have some real life examples of cases where disaster recovery was not in place, and what the ramifications were to the business? And vice-versa - what are some examples of cases where disaster recovery proved vital and mitigated loss?
author avatarJohannFLEURY
Real User

I’ve been working for big agro-company and multi-site for our different kinds of production. We put in place a BCP first to identify, in terms of revenues, which site were critical from that weren’t and construct our BCP accordingly. The BCP consisted on defining all actors and services mandatory to ensure production and delivery of our products (supply chain, ordering, delivering, third part and of course IT associated). We found out that before putting BCP in place some of our factories would have been totally unproductive for more than 3 weeks in case of major incidents. 
so then after identifying all needed components, we came for some from 3 weeks outage to 4 hours.

We had a very good commitment from our third-party suppliers too while coming to the analysis—and helped some to understand as well their own gap in the case of the same.

So in the end, it was a win-win deal and today we do have clear visibility on all the chains needed to continue the most possible our business.

And of course, i could be hired to help in putting in place such process (no matter it is IBM SP or any other tool, this is just a small part of the journey of BCP)

author avatarShrijendra Shakya

I am in the business of Disaster Recovery and have been providing DRAAS with one of the renowned vendor equipment. I have come across quite a few cases where there had been many cases here in Nepal where ransomware attacks happen and all the data is encrypted of some reputed corporate houses. It had a lot of business impacts.

Although they had some traditional backup mechanisms, the backup system copied all the ransomware files too so we devised new recovery mechanisms and help the client restore some files too.

Additionally, we implemented and designed a new system and the client is contempt and everything is fine.

author avatarZied Chelbi
Real User

disaster recovery plan (DPR) is a set of “action to be taken before during and after a disaster”, and is made to help protect businesses in such an event. Although disasters may not always be avoidable, having a plan helps to reduce the potential damage and quickly restore operations.

Disaster recovery plans and the preventative measures they include are essential for stopping disasters from occurring in the first place. Organizations can’t always avoid disasters, but having a plan helps to minimize the potential damage and get operations back up and running quickly

here an example of a real case :

>>> A DDoS attack:

In this disaster recovery scenario, imagine that a group of malicious hackers executes a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack against your company. The DDoS attack focuses on overwhelming your network with illegitimate requests so that legitimate data cannot get through.

As a result, your business can no longer connect to databases that it accesses via the network – which, in today’s age of cloud-native everything, means most databases. It’s rare nowadays to have a database that does not require a working network connection to do its job.

In this scenario, disaster recovery means being able to restore data availability even as the DDoS attack is underway. (Ending the DDoS attack would be helpful, too, but anti-DDoS strategies are beyond the scope of this article; moreover, the reality is that your ability to stop DDoS attacks once they are in progress is often limited.) Having backup copies of your data would be critical in this situation. That’s obvious.

What may be less obvious, however, is the importance of having a plan in place for making the backup data available by bringing new servers online to host it. You could do this by simply keeping backup data servers running all the time, ready to switch into production mode at a moment’s notice. But that would be costly, because it would mean keeping backup servers running at full capacity all the time.

A more efficient approach would be to keep backup data server images on hand, then spin up new virtual servers in the cloud based on those images when you need them. This process would not be instantaneous, but it should not take more than a few minutes, provided that you have the images and data already in place and ready to spin up.

having no disaster recovery plan is equal to an unlimited downtime .

In the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey, the cost of outages added up to more than $50,000 in losses, on average, with bigger companies citing losses up to $5 million.

It’s these kind of eye-popping figures that bring companies down without any hope of recovery. It doesn’t matter what size your company is, downtime is clearly the enemy you want to avoid

author avatarRamaswamyK
Real User

I would fully agree that in the present stage of Cyber & Email preparedness one has to be always be prepared in terms of a disaster recovery. This will need to be prepared with the latest backup & recovery system which will pertain to the needs of the current needs & requirements prevalent in the sites.

author avatarNavin Gadhvi
Real User

A disaster recovery plan describes scenarios for resuming work quickly and reducing interruptions in the aftermath of a disaster. It is an important part of the business continuity plan and it allows for sufficient IT recovery and the prevention of data loss

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Disaster Recovery (DR) Software Articles

Freelance Writer – B2B Technology Marketing
Journal of Cyber Policy
Apr 01 2021

OVHcloud, Europe’s largest cloud services provider, suffered a devastating fire on March 10 at its facility in Strasbourg, in Eastern France. The fire destroyed one of four data centers at the site. As Reuters reported, the fire disrupted millions of websites, taking government agency portals offline, along with banks, news sites, shops, and many other sites using the .fr web space. The company advised its clients, such as the French government and Deribit cryptocurrency exchange, to activate Disaster Recovery (DR) plans.

Yes, even the cloud can catch on fire. When it does, you want to be confident that your digital assets will be safe - and that your business can continue to operate. Business continuity and DR plans and solutions exist exactly for moments like this. If such an incident does affect your digital business, it is definitely not the time to find out that your DR plan was deficient.

IT Central Station members discuss these challenges in their reviews of backup and recovery and disaster recovery solutions. For example, Pieter S., Information Technology Manager at PAV Telecoms, explained that Acronis Backup “has saved us from certain financial ruin after important servers containing financial data were stolen during a robbery.” He added that “we were able to restore backups to new hardware and carry on with business as usual.”

A System Administrator at Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets put it this way: “We use Veritas for incremental backups for all the servers. It is an automated process. Disaster can happen to any server and the disk image can be destroyed very easily. It's also easy to fully email the backup image and restore the server.”

Albert S., Co-Owner at Angels Dtp, similarly noted that “in difficult situations, where something was accidentally erased or there was another kind of error, I can return to the latest backup and recover. The most valuable feature is the fact that [Acronis] backs up my systems transparently in the background, and I'm not even conscious of it. I just get a notice that it's successfully backed up.”

Other backup managers rely on their solutions to maintain a state of preparedness. Muzammil M., Sr. IT Operations Engineer at AlGosaibi Group, for instance, uses Azure Backup as part of his company's disaster recovery solution. He said, “If there is a problem in the entire building then we can restore our data from over the cloud. Azure Backup is very good for our clients who need to back up data securely and reliably.”

The time it takes to restore data is critical, according to Syed Q., Technical Services Manager at a small tech services company. “With Veritas, the SLAs [Service Level Agreements] are pretty predictable and you can achieve complete backups easily.” For Syed, what matters is duplication and compression and the safe sorting of information, along with a quick recovery time. It seems as if he’s learned this the hard way, as he remarked that “sometimes with other software, a complete backup doesn't happen.”

Reviews of backup solutions on IT Central Station also offer suggested best practices for DR and business continuity. A Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a large wholesaler recommended that “a person put on a Veeam backup service so that in a disaster recovery scenario you set what has to come back up first, because that is going to be the critical information that has to go back up as quickly as possible. You can put anything on critical servers, but we recommend that you use it for critical data that is going to be restored within a four-hour timeframe.”

A Group Product Specialist at a distributor with more than 200 employees revealed that Veeam Backup Replication has “automated backup to the point of almost no involvement needed and our backups can be checked, tested, and verified at any time in accordance with our policies.”

An IT Network Analyst at a manufacturing company made a comment that sums up the essence of DR effectiveness, saying “[Veritas] saves us a lot of time. We're backing up all of our servers with it. The backup potential of the solution is very good. It's protected us in the past very well and allowed us to get up and running after an attack with minimal loss.”

We can all hope that no fire will come to our clouds. But, if it does, we’d best be ready. Events like the OVHcloud disaster are rare, but they do occur. DR plans and business continuity solutions have to be set up and tested so business can go on, without the loss of valuable data.

JC AlexandresThe never old IT adage ... backup, backup, backup.
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