What's the difference between Disaster Recovery and Offsite Backup?

Offsite Backup

Offsite Backup allows you to store an incrimental copy of your systems at a secure facility away from your main datacenter. Offsite Backups store your systems as both deduplicated and compressed backup files, allowing you to keep unlimited restore points. Offsite Backups will need to be restored prior to use. Offsite Backup is best used for:

  • Long-term retention (Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly backups)
  • Unlimited storage and number of Restore Points
  • Protection against ransomeware that may encrypt all your local backups
  • Economical DR, in the event that your Recovery Time Objective (R.T.O.) is 4-hours or greater 

Disaster Recovery Replication

Disaster Recovery Replication allows direct failover of your production systems to an alternate site in the event of a disaster. You can impliment Failover preemptively (as in before a hurricane makes landfall) or after a disaster occurrs. In either case, because your VMs exist as ready-to-power Replica VMs (_replica) at the selected Disaster Recovery site, they begin to power-on immediately when you initiate Failover! You need Disaster Recovery Replication:

  • When a Recovery TIme Objective of 1-Hour or less is required
  • When you want hourly protection throught the workday
  • When you need to test and document your Disaster Recovery plan
  • When you want pre-configured resources such as IP addresses to be available

What You Should Ask Potential DR Providers:

Before you commit, we would like you to consider the following questions, and how your chosen DRaaS provider would answer them:

Q: Do my VMs exist as ready-to-power Replica VMs?

A: If no, this is an Offsite Backup not a DR solution.

VMsources: We provide both Offsite Backup and Replication

Q: How long does it take for my VMs to be ready to power-on?

A: Plans which require preperation of VMs before they are ready to power-on are Offsite Backup and not true DR solutions

VMsources: VMsources Replicas are always available for immediate power-on during a Failover or DR Test.

Q: Are the IP addresses I will use during Failover/disaster pre-assigned?

A: If no, consider another solution

VMsources: We pre-assign IP addresses to all Replication

Q: Is there a clearly stated and understandable price-structure so I understand costs if my needs change?

A: Price structures based on "points" and a large number of billable items are the ruse Big Cloud providers use to mask the true cost of their solution.

VMsources: Our price list is very simple! Cost is based soley on the Number of VMs and Disk Space utilized. For Replica VMs, there is also a charge for powered-on RAM, but only when the Replica is powered-on!  We will always tell you in advance what our solution is going to cost, and stick to that price.

Q: Will I have access to the actual backup software, or a "User Portal"

A: Portals are nice for small users, but Enterprise customers deserve access to the actual Veeam and vSphere Consoles where their DR plan will run

VMsources: You choose a self-service portal, direct access to the full Veeam Console, or a fully-managed solution!

VMsources Offsite Backup and DIsaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Q: How quickly can VMsources protect my environment?

A: In as little as 24 hours, but a few days is more typical.

Q: What’s the 3-2-1 Backup Rule?

 A: The 3-2-1 Backup Rule requires three (3) copies of your data on two (2) devices with at least one (1) copy offsite.

Q: How does VMsources implement the3-2-1 Backup Rule?

A: We create a local Backup job with 30-daily restore points then we create an offsite Backup Copy with retention for 3-months, 4-quarters, and as many years as you would like. We create a Replication job, with an hourly Replication Point Objective (R.P.O.)

Three (3) copies are:

  • The local Backup, the offsite Backup, and the Replica.
  • Two (2) devices are the local backup repository and the offsite backup repository.
  • The one (1) copy offsite is either the Replica VM or the offsite Backup.

Q: How will my customers/auditors know that I am in compliance with the 3-2-1 Backup Rule?

A: VMsources will provide a certificate annually (or on request) confirming compliance and the compliance period. See example below.

Q: If I Backup Physical PCs and Servers, can I restore them as a VM in the event of a disaster?

A: Yes. You can restore them to an operational instance on VMsources or any other cloud hosting service!

Q: Can I do Offsite Backup only, but convert my offsite backups to working VMs on your systems in the event of a disaster?

A: Yes, but the restores may take some time to complete, so it’s not recommended for low Recovery Time Objective (R.T.O.) scenarios. Also, with Offsite Backup, compute resources pre provisioned on-demand and may not be available at the exact moment you need them.

Q: What advantages does VMsources provide over the Big Cloud like Azure or AWS?

A: Primarily personalized service. For example: if you fail your domain controllers over, they will come up in Active Directory Restore Mode, no matter what; this is default behavior. If you use the Big Cloud, you are on your own to get Active Directory up; if you use VMsources, we will help you every step of the way – and even work on your behalf in an emergency when you can’t be online!

Q: How many VLANs/Networks/DMZs can I have?

A: We place no limit on that. Additional VLANs/Networks/DMZs are provided at no cost.

Q: How many public IP addresses do I get?

A: We’ll assign 1 Public IP per 10 VMs. You will know in advance what your public IP’s will be and they won’t change for the life of your contract. More IPs are available by advance arrangement or as-needed.

Q: Can I provide and manage my own Firewall / Layer 3 for DR?

A: Yes! We’ll rack your Customer Provided Equipment (CPE) for DR at no extra cost! This allows you the complete ability to manage NAT / Security / Client VPN during failover