Disaster Recovery (DR) Software Forum

Rony_Sklar
IT Central Station
Jun 01 2021

How does CDP backup work? Is it an effective replacement for traditional backup solutions? 

Tim LenzWhile 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.
reviewer1298934No it does not replace backup. This supports RTOs in the case of DR, but backup establishes long term retention and separation for ransomware.
Chris ChilderhoseCDP should not replace traditional backup but complement it.  You can have your typical backups and then use CDP for mission-critical workloads to ensure the lowest RPO/RTO for them.  As noted also CDP does not help with Ransomware protection whereas traditional backups will.
Rony_Sklar
IT Central Station

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?

JohannFLEURYI’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)
Zied Chelbidisaster 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
Shrijendra ShakyaI 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.