02 Mar Disasters happen, but ViisConnect has got it covered
Ask any business owner in Christchurch, New Zealand, about disasters and they’ll immediately think back to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that devastated the city. Many businesses had to close or relocate, and too many of them had to spend a lot of time restoring their systems. The Christchurch earthquakes are a perfect example of why disaster recovery is a crucial aspect of business continuity. If your business is faced with any kind of disaster – natural or man-made – the last thing you want to be worrying about is the security of your business systems. At iViis, we’ve got it covered.
An important distinction is that disaster recovery and backups are separate. The notion of disaster recovery is that if business servers are lost or compromised then a lot of core business is lost as well. Disaster recovery means those systems can be brought back via warm standbys – or replicas that are housed in a different geographical location. When you use iViis systems, the primary data is held in Auckland, with warm standbys in Christchurch. And there’s no waiting around; iViis can have your systems back up and running within a couple of hours, meaning the impact on business continuity is minimised.
Not only that, the data stored in the replica system is usually only 5 minutes behind that of the primary system. As the Auckland servers replicate to Christchurch, and the Sydney servers are doing the same to Brisbane, it is – for all intents and purposes – a real-time replica. And the servers in the disaster recovery center are subject to the same level of security and same grade of infrastructure as the primary center; they’re not viewed or treated as second-best.
The actual switch from primary to replica is known as a failover. Obviously, the replica systems need to be tested on a regular basis to make sure everything is functioning correctly. The test failovers fall into two categories:
- Test failover – this allows the customer to login to the replica and take a look around to make sure that all the data is there, exactly the same as the primary system. This form of testing doesn’t disturb the primary system and gives the customer peace of mind.
- Planned failover – this is a more thorough test of the disaster recovery system. In this case the replica and the primary systems for a business are switched, so that for a period of time – perhaps a week or so – the business will run off the replica system. This provides additional confirmation that if needed, the replica will run as efficiently as the primary system.
Disasters do happen. We’ve seen recent real-life examples with the earthquakes, the floods and the Auckland power cut. That’s why disaster recovery is so crucial, especially for industrial grade systems. At iViis, we see disaster recovery as so important that it’s bundled with the subscription automatically. When you use ViisConnect, you can be sure – without even asking – that disaster recovery is part of the deal. This isn’t something that other cloud-based providers necessarily offer, but to us it’s essential. And we’ve got it covered.
Contact us to find out how we can help protect your systems and ensure business continuity if disaster strikes.