disaster-recovery Outsourcing?

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  1. AbortionSurvivor

    AbortionSurvivor Active Member

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    If our office is burned down, what's the best way to get "back to business"?
    We have tape backup which is stored offsite, but what about the server equipment, all of which would be burned down.

    There used to be a copmany called Comdisco which provided disaster-recovery for senerios like this. Are there any others?
     
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    Depends what OS / backup software you are using.
     
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    Win2k, Win2k3, Rh9.0

    All the window boxes are backed up with Veritas Backup (with Exchange and Remote File System agent)
     
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    what sort of requirements do you have for recovery time? do you require a hot site, warm site or cold site?

    hot site will cost you big bucks. here is another service. we do all our own so i have no idea who to recommend.

    http://www.vericenter.com/products/disasterrecovery/
     
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    what are the differences between hot, warm, and cold?
    Edit: nevermind...Found it on the site link.

    The recovery time should be between 24-36 hrs.


    and has anyone heard about
    www.rackspace.com or www.sungard.com ?
     
  6. crontab

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    Yes, AT&T also provides DR solutions as well.

    For a full site service in 24 hours, expect to pay big bucks.

    Do you expect to serve 100% of your customers after the outage? 50% capacity? Only the big paying customers? Need to provide all historical content? Or up to 120 days worth? These are the types of questions you have to ask yourself to cut down costs.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    I talked to the rep from www.rackspace.com
    They can handle all of our server needs to the point where we don't need local servers.
    The guy even offered to fly us to Texas to take a look at the data centers. :cool:
     
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    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Hrm, I might have to do that, free trip to Texas :big grin:
     
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    Why in the world would you fly to texas? Where is your current DC located?

    According to some DR articles and seminars, the average distance an offsite facility should be is around 50 mi. The average disaster shouldn't be as effective past a 25 mi. radius. Obviously nuclear bombs are out of the question and you would have more things to worry about when that happens.

    What is it going to cost you to move your data from your current site to an offsite facility? What if something physically goes wrong or if you have to install something physically at the offsite? Are you going to pay someone to fly to Texas everytime? Sure some offsite facilities provide onsite support, but in my experience these people are useless, I wouldn't want them to touch my stuff with a 100 ft pole. These people will never know your setup, your infrastructure as well as you/your team.

    Having a DR site in another state isn't cost-effective, unless you plan to make it another hot site serving customers. That's one way to look at it.

    DR sites are tough to come by or even search for. I was surprised at how many there are after talking to some inside people. There are some even inside some shopping malls. Which made sense to me...
     

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