Backups & Disaster Recovery
M odern IT systems are very reliable and rarely fail, but they can and sometimes do. Offices rarely get flooded or catch fire, but they can and sometimes do.
All businesses should consider the impact of those potential scenarios. And they should have planned how they will continue to operate should that ever occur.
Orchard Computer Services have solutions that can be a key part of the planning and, should a catastrophe ever occur, the steps to your recovery.
Orchard’s backup options are able to provide each customer with a solution that best suits their individual data storage requirements.
We have used Orchard for many years during which they have delivered excellent service.
A stable system is critical for our business and Orchard have helped keep us in shape. They help us understand our issues and make the right decisions for our business.
Orchard were invaluable when we recently relocated to new premises. Their initial advice helped to shape a moving strategy that minimised disruption. We were impressed with how effectively their technical staff liaised with the other contractors during construction and handover.
Orchard continue to maintain a flexible, friendly, and practical approach to supporting our IT system.
Disk Based Backups
T ape backups tended to be very slow so usually only happened overnight. They generally required the tapes to be changed on a daily basis. They often failed due to the media wearing out. And they tended only to contain copies of the data. So if a server melted, a new one would need to have its operating system installed and configured before the data could be restored. A very time consuming process!
Our backup solutions are disk based so they are much quicker and can therefore be run more often than once each day. They are fully automated and we monitor them to ensure they keep working. They contain full system images so, if ever required, a restore can bring back the operating system complete with all the configurations. And because it’s not just the data, recovering your business from a system failure is a much quicker process.
N o matter how reliable and fast your backups are they won’t be of any use if they are kept onsite and, like your systems, are destroyed by a fire or flood etc. Many of our customers therefore choose an offsite option. Offsite maybe to a different building on the same site, to an alternate company location (office or home) or, most popular of all, to our Secure Data Centre - The Bunker.
The Bunker is ultra-secure and is located near Newbury on the former Greenham Common airbase. It was built to house nuclear missiles and protect them from attack by others.
If your File Server is destroyed or critically damaged, it will need to be replaced immediately so the recovery process can begin. Our options also include having emergency systems on standby. We can either deliver this to premises of your choice. Or we can provide your users with access to servers at our data centre so your business can be running again as quickly as possible.
Rather than buying the hardware and software required for our backup and disaster recovery solutions, many of our customers instead “rent” them. As an option to our maintenance contract, they pay for these services on a monthly basis.