Disaster Recovery and why it is now so Affordable

Disasters are events that are generally difficult to predict but given enough time are certain to occur.  Some organisations are directed by regulators to maintain full production scale disaster recovery environments often at great cost.  However most organisations, particularly SMEs do not have regulatory requirements that drive the need to maintain full scale disaster recovery environments.

Traditionally SMEs would only implement the bare essentials of disaster recovery which would often involve some type of data backup system.  On-premise backup systems with local or remote storage (eg a tape storage facility)  are often expensive and time consuming to establish and maintain.

With this set of cost constraints in place a lot of SMEs either have ineffective disaster recovery systems or perhaps none at all.

Fortunately with the advent of cost effective, Australian based cloud storage, the high cost of protecting your data from the impact of a disaster is a thing of the past.

Typically customers will continue using on-premise primary storage that is backed up to local near-line storage.  Then to protect their data from a local or even regional disaster, the data is synchronised to cloud storage.  The Cloud storage is typically encrypted on disk and is always transmitted via encrypted network links.

In the event of a disaster, the business can access the Cloud storage essentially from any computer which has Internet access and the appropriate security keys.

The Cloud storage that we implement for customer backup is hosted within two datacenters in Sydney, Australia.  The customer backup data is automatically replicated between these two datacenters to provide 99.99% durability and availability over a given year.

A key problem that we solve for customers is the initial data upload into cloud storage.  We know that it is not practical to attempt to upload several hundred Gigabytes or even a few Terrabytes of data via your business grade ADSL Internet link.  SkyCrystal solve this problem by taking a copy of the customer data onto an external hard drive and uploading this from an affiliated Brisbane based datacenter which has very high speed Internet uplinks.

Once your data is bulk uploaded into the Cloud storage, we activate the nightly data synchronisation application from your on-premise file server, which "trickle feeds" any changes made to your data over the previous day.

The customer is then given direct access to the Cloud storage, so that they are empowered to restore data directly from the Cloud storage on demand.

When you compare the Cloud backup solution to old school tape backup systems on the basis of cost and reliability, you will see that backing up your data into the Cloud for only $0.15/GB per month offers outstanding value and reliability.