Phew. The worst is over. You have identified, caught and dealt with the virus that threw you and your bosses out of the comfort zone for days. You have shut down all the affected servers – the data center is safe.
Like a soldier returning from a mission, you are dreaming of a peaceful rebuilding of everything that was lost. However, that is not what your bosses, your colleagues, and your company demand. They need the data center and all applications back. For them, the downtime is not over. Not yet.
So what do you do? You sigh and prepare for a long routine – install operating systems on each server, service packs, updates, drivers, applications, application updates, settings, etc. You know it will take many long hours, if not days to complete – and with number of affected servers, you are facing an uphill battle. You pray for luck that everything goes smoothly, and you do not have to restart from scratch any of the servers.
You really wish for the blue light to appear in the corner of the data center building, and the little fairy to show up and make everything installed and configured exactly as it was before in these rack cabinets of bare metal staring back at you.
However, you do not need a fairy. You need a professional grade backup solution based on New Generation Data Protection with Bare Metal Recovery based on Disk Imaging, like Acronis Backup Advanced. The disk imaging technology of Acronis AnyData Engine creates exact replica of your servers’ hard drives, with operating system, updates, applications, settings and data. If disaster (including virus attack) strikes, you can simply restore the whole image back as-it-was to every affected server. Everything – system, applications, even desktop icons will remain the same – and you do not need to waste time to reinstall and reconfigure each server.
Even if your servers are lost or destroyed – you are safe. The reliable Universal Restore dissimilar hardware recovery technology (part of Acronis AnyData Engine) will take care of CPU model and number, HAL, and boot-critical device drivers. It will adjust settings and inject drivers, so the original server setups can work—even on new hardware. This is where professional grade tools make all the difference, saving you time, ensuring that everything comes back together, and making your job easier. You are glad that you have rolled out easy, complete, and safe Acronis Backup Advanced ahead of time. You have used centralized management and applied your backup policy to the entire data center – and each server was backed up to the centralized storage automatically.
Instead of wasting hours and hours reinstalling each server – you simply restore servers from the backups, and your data center is up and running in no time. Now you, your bosses, and your company are happy – and everyone can return to their normal work rhythm.
Phew! Now it is really over.