Meet RTOs as short as a minuteDisk-imaging technology, faster storage, and new protocols have changed the average recovery time objectives (RTOs) from hours to minutes. But in the modern world, data is so critical that many businesses are working to reduce RTOs even further, and with good reason. Today a business that doesn’t have access to its data can lose $100,000 every hour, in addition to the potentially huge costs of recovering that data.

How to Restore a Server in Less Than 15 Seconds

How to Restore a Server in Less Than 15 Seconds

Sounds unreal? Read on. I’ll demonstrate how I can reach a recovery time objective (RTO) of less than 15 seconds on my desktop. For you, it may be less, or may be more — for obvious reasons it depends on the size of the backup that you're restoring, network speed, and the power of your machines. Before we start, let me share a bit of history.

I remember discovering backup solutions about 25 years ago, and the wonder of recovery. The ability to pull out the diskettes and tapes and restore some files sounded magic. I started using backups as part of my IT operations – and for sure, it saved me a lot of gray hair and stress.

However, back in 2003, I had an issue with a server at around 11PM, which I had to recover for few hours after that. I realized that while the ability to recover was great, it also needed to be fast.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution. When do you need it?

Companies, big and small, that heavily rely on IT, know very well that backup is not a luxury but a requirement. Whether it is your internal documents, or customer-facing marketing information, or fast-changing transactional data – it needs to be protected. Losing data is a disaster by itself, and can cause even more disastrous consequences if it is not restored in reasonable time.

How One MSP Maps Disaster Recovery for Its Customers

IT professionals know how important data backup is, but that doesn’t mean they always protect company data across cloud, virtual or other technologies that likely exist in their business. There's just more data to contend with, spread across more devices and environments. That complexity is especially pronounced for managed service providers (MSPs) that need to tailor solutions to clients with varied environments and data challenges.

BCP to MPTOD: The Data Backup Acronyms You Need to Know Now

As if IT leaders didn't have enough to worry about. On top of protecting corporate data 24/7, they've got a head-spinning array of acronyms to master — and knowing that a strong BCP can minimize RTO and RPO is just the beginning.

Fear not. This cheat sheet of key data backup acronyms will provide any harried IT leader with the language mastery he needs to succeed that no Webster's Dictionary ever could.

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