Survive Disasters With Zettagrid and Veeam

“The only thing harder than planning for an emergency is explaining why you didn’t” – Unknown

In the Information Age, where your business is expected to be up and running 24/7, you need a robust and effective disaster recovery plan. 2016 statistics show that the average workers lose 38 hours every year due to slow internet connectivity and downtime, that’s a full week every year that each employee is unproductive. It is no wonder that some businesses never recover from a serious disaster, multiply that across an entire organisation and the costs start to become unbearable.

It is easy to assume your business’s computing systems will never go down. This assumption cannot be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that disasters happen! However, instead of focussing on the catastrophe itself and whether it will happen or not, it’s important to concentrate on developing an effective disaster recovery plan.

Disaster Recovery: What, How, Why?

Disaster recovery (DR) aims to protect your company from the after-effects of any event that can hamper or risk the smooth functioning of your business’s daily operations. The cause of organisational downtime can range from a Denial-Of-Service attack or any other cyber attack to hardware or equipment failure or even a natural disaster.

What do you do? How do you implement a cost-effective disaster recovery plan? The reality is, in our fast-paced, online world, if you are unable to transact or conduct your business, your target audience will not wait for the fault to be fixed. They will rush off to your competition. This could end up costing your business hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run.

The great news is that there are companies in the marketplace such as Zettagrid who utilise Veeam technology to offer comprehensive Disaster Recovery Solutions.

Veeam and Zettagrid: The Perfect Team

In essence, Disaster Recovery utilises cloud computing infrastructure to protect your business applications and data from ceasing to function due to a disaster. The successful DR model consists of two essential components: hardware and software. In the event of a disaster, both of these components work together to ensure a smooth transition from your primary to your secondary system.

This is why you need a well-matched team to keep you covered. With Zettagrid and Veeam working together, you have that full coverage.

Veeam:

First, you are protected by Veeam providing the software side of the Disaster Recovery model. Veeam Replication uses an image-based recovery replication solution. With this setup, your VM maintains constant replication. If your VM should go down, your vital information is ready to access again in mere minutes, with no loss of data.

Zettagrid:

This is paired with the hardware – Zettagrid cloud computing. As the most advanced self-service cloud hosting platform in Indonesia, Zettagrid provides the ideal storage to keep your important data safe.

By using the services of these two complementary companies together, your business enjoys the benefit of having both the powerful technology and the high-quality cloud-based backup services that will ensure your DRaaS solution will work as expected when disaster does strike.

Find out more about Veeam Replication powered by Veeam.

 

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VeeamON 2017 – What we learned and loved!

Luke Brown, Zettagrid’s Technical Specialist, and Evangelist had the pleasure of heading over to New Orleans for VeeamON 2017. As a Veeam Vanguard and vExpert he had some insight into the new products and technologies Veeam are working on.

Take a read to find out what he thought of VeeamON 2017!

 

Veeam Vanguard’s at VeeamON 2017

 

VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans has come to a close and I’m back on board at Zettagrid, catching up on the hundreds of emails I missed. This year’s event was unreal, with over 2,000 attendees and a variety of awesome speakers, it was one of the best events I’ve attended so far.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from Veeam, not only the event itself but, as I’m lucky to be part of the Vanguard Program I was also given a sneak peek to what the product development teams are working on and some very juicy NDA.

The event was full of insight into the latest innovation and product development that I could bring back to the team at Zettagrid, this is what allows us to be current in our product offering, finding solutions for issues that businesses face every day. We have been using Veeam for many years now having developed three product offerings that utilise and embrace the various components of the Veeam suite.

 

Another great speaker at VeeamON 2017

What was my favourite part of the event? Veeam put a huge emphasis on service providers and partners, following the announcement of Availability Suite 10. This opportunity is huge for cloud providers like Zettagrid. Our clients want a product that is going to support their business 110% – with this new release, Zettagrid will be able to take business continuity, backup, and disaster recovery to another level. Taking a look, and exploring the new releases that are coming in 2017;

  • Veeam PN – Allowing super easy connectivity between Zettagrid zones or your on-premises remote offices or branches
  • Veeam Agent for Windows – Watch this space, we’re going to kickstart your backup strategy with this release
  • vCloud Director support – Yes finally!!!! Oh, and a little thing called CDP which means no longer relying on snapshots, you’ll be able to get super low RPOs!
  • Backup for Office 365 – Zettagrid were the first in Australia to offer Office 365 ProPlus, this is going to be an awesome product for our clients

The overall event was great, these events are the best way to grow and learn, engaging with like-minded peers that are just as enthusiastic about all things cloud as I am.

I can’t wait to see what’s next…

 

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Why Real-Time Disaster Recovery Needs to Be a Critical Part of Your eCommerce Business Processes

“Make ‘business continuity’ ‘business as usual’ and embed it into your management routines as decisions are made, instead of an afterthought, check off the box exercise later.” – Bobbie Garrett

Business continuity management, or disaster recovery management, needs to be a vital part of a successful eCommerce business model. Furthermore, it is important for e-retailers to bear in mind that consumers in the Information Age are accustomed to having instant access to almost everything that they require. Therefore, to keep your customers, and your business, it is critical that you have a real-time disaster recovery plan in place to keep your computer systems up and running all the time.

The Financial Impact of a Disaster

It is important to consider the impact of conversion rate optimisation (CRO) on the sales of an eCommerce retailer. CRO is the system for increasing the number of visitors to your website and converting them into returning customers. It is easier to convince a returning customer to continue purchasing your products than it is to convert a new visitor into a returning customer. Statistics show that the ROI on returning customers can be more than 15 times that of new customers, while the ROI on new customer conversions remains consistent at 4 to 6 times at best.

Let’s presume you are an eCommerce retailer who has just experienced a disaster and your website has gone down, thus, preventing customers from transacting on your site. Not only will you lose sales while your website is down, your CRO figures will drop drastically because your website is not available for visitors to browse through.

Real-time Recovery

To ensure your customers keep on returning to purchase from your website and new visitors are afforded the opportunity to convert into returning customers, it is important to implement a robust disaster recovery or backup plan.

In order to swap seamlessly from your primary information systems to the secondary or backup systems, both need to be kept in sync with each other. An important part of the DRaaS model ensures that both your business’s primary and secondary systems are maintained in sync in real-time. Without this real-time service, you will not be able to swap seamlessly between the two systems.

A Prepared Business Is a Successful Business

The practical application of real-time disaster recovery in the form of DRaaS is essential to your daily business operations.

Not only will your profitability take a knock from the actual system downtime, but the damage to your brand’s reputation will also add to the long-term reduction in your sales figures. It is far easier to ensure you have a healthy disaster recovery plan in place than it is to try and repair your brand’s reputational damage.

Take a look at our real-time disaster recovery solution SecondSite, powered by Zerto.

 

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