IronStore and IronRecovery
Managed Disaster Recovery Services
Your backup solution is the last line of defense when you have a
devastating server crash. It is the difference between staying in
business and going out of business. If your servers were to crash or be
destroyed in a natural disaster, what would happen to your business?
The Two Purposes of Backup
Backup has two reasons for its existence. The most common need for
backup is to restore a file that has been accidentally deleted, lost,
or corrupted. The backup gives you the ability to correct mistakes by
providing an archival record of company data. Employees know that they
store files on the server so that if something happens, they call IT
and voila - the file magically reappears (several hours later)!
The most important reason for backup - and the least thought of - is
disaster recovery. What do we do if the server's hard drives crash?
Worse, what do we do if a fire or tornado rip through our data center?
The answer is backup. A natural disaster can happen any time and any
The Tape Problem
Tape backup has provided the answer for years. But as organizations
have grown to completely rely on their computing infrastructure, as
government regulation requires data history, and as data needs have
become more complex, magnetic media is not fitting the bill. It is
slow, cannot keep up with corporate data growth, and has known
How many of us have diligently backed up data day after day, only to
find that when we need the data off of the tape, restoring hasn't been
as promised? Restore times are long, files are missing or corrupt, and
sometimes the tape is completely empty - despite having reported a
successful backup. Experience shows that tapes don't work all the time.
Can you trust your business to tape?
The Disk Answer...sort of
Disk to disk solutions promise reliability and are becoming less and
less expensive as each day goes by. Disks are great because you can
quickly find the file, restore from disk, and very quickly have the
file. Additionally, the time it takes to backup company data is
significantly reduced. There are even continuous data protection
solutions (CDP) permitting constant backup and eliminating the growing
Unfortunately, the nature of disks makes it cumbersome or impossible to
take the backup offsite, leading to a major problem: backup disk
solutions do not help with disaster recovery situations where the
solution itself is destroyed! There are services that will backup data
remotely, but that data is often hundreds of miles away and restore
times of 72 hours or more are not uncommon. That leads to days of
downtime during an already tragic situation.
Ironside's Solution: Managed Disaster Recovery
We meet the shortcomings of the other solutions by providing an onsite
disk-based continuous data protection (CDP) solution, plus an offsite
CDP backup repository for disaster recovery. Because Ironside Security
is your local professional partner, we can respond to emergency
situations with great speed and ease.
But we know that our clients need more than just a simple backup
solution with copy-cat industry services and jargon. Startled by the
lack of innovation and ingenuity, we also offer a full line of other
features all working together in this one service to provide a complete
response to a disaster that would otherwise end your operations.
Written Disaster Recovery Plan
It's pointless to have an offsite backup with a professional
partner ready to assist you if you don't have a plan of action.
Included in IronRecovery is
the creation of a disaster recovery plan (up to thirty pages) that is
completely customized to your needs. This is not a generic cut and
paste plan, but one that is built for your business with input from
your people and presented by our professionals.
A managed remote backup solution and disaster recovery
plan only works if the technical professionals you rely on are actually
there to restore your business or organization. Included in IronRecovery
is a response contract guaranteeing our fast response to your disaster.
Who better to help lead or assist your recovery efforts than your
business partner, Ironside, who already knows your network?
Data Integrity and Security
The data that is backed up locally, and its copy backed up
remotely at our facility, is secured with industry best practices. The
disk itself is encrypted for protection in the event of theft. The
offsite data is not only encrypted, but kept in a secure location with
24x7 security monitoring. Additionally, the data is manually checked
each month for consistency and, optionally, a tape or optical backup is
made and stored. And, of course, the path between your network and the
remote backup is encrypted.
Now you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe and
stored in multiple locations. The data is encrypted, there are no tapes
to worry about, and no maintenance or hardware failures. There are no
backup windows, no fear of tape restore failure, and no costly
infrastructure upgrades every few years. The solution is completely
managed, assuring you freedom from backup woes.
Contact Ironside Security & Network Management to discuss this
exciting backup solution and help assessing how it fits with your