Backup Fanatic:
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Genre: Computers And Technology

Backup Fanatic: How to Ensure Business Continuity by Delivering Continuous Protection, Secured Storage, Data Compliance, and Instant Data Recovery.

Data loss is not the first thing people think about when they wake in the morning. We take for granted that when we boot up the computer, everything will be there just as it was when powered down the night before.

When that blue screen, or boot in safe mode message appears, we know, there is something very wrong and that is just at the home level of data loss impacting perhaps one computer owner or perhaps the family.

On a large scale, businesses are susceptible too to major data loss, which impacts business, client confidence, and regulatory mandates by governing bodies (Sarbanes Oxley, HIPPA) and other regulatory mandates.

But more importantly, that data may never be able to be retrieved, unless the home, the organization and or small business takes the appropriate steps to ensure that their data is safe.

The Backup Fanatic by Dom DiSario highlights the importance of backups; data continuity plans and highlights the many methods of data storage from tape, to secured storage, Cloud solutions as well as the importance of maintaining a Data Continuity plan and updating it on a regular basis.

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Summary

Backup, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Certainly necessary evils. This book is an easy to use guide to business continuity planning from a professional who has seen the human tendency toward denial trump rational business decision-making. Remember, “Hope is not a strategy”.

This is a guide to backing up your personal and business data and outlines how to ensure business continuity by delivering continuous protection, secure storage, data compliance, and instant data recovery. It also outlines the strategy to keep you safe and secure as far as your backup and disaster recovery are concerned.

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The Distinction between Business Continuity and Just Having a Backup in Place 

Susan: What are the distinctions between business continuity and a backup? 

Domenic: With a backup, I am simply making a copy of a file or directory and in some cases, an application, whatever the case may be, and storing it somewhere else.  

Data is typically backed up. The applications typically are not because they are tightly integrated into the various operating systems. So if I backed up my Microsoft Excel, I could not restore it. It would not work, so it would be useless to back up most applications.  These days the application provider requires a download of the application since they don’t provide backup CD’s anymore.  

The strategies in the past were always ‘back up your data and we’ll reinstall the applications’ and that’s still the case for most companies who do file and directory backup, and regrettably that’s the extent of most companies’ business continuity strategy.  

Business continuity, on the other hand, is a disaster recovery solution and consists of a couple of parts. The first component is a local backup. Some companies have Internet-only backup meaning their data is residing in the cloud and when you need to recover it, it’s going to take a very long time. A prudent course is to have a local backup as 

 

well in case your internet access is disrupted or your cloud provider experiences a service interruption.  The thinking behind these two components is this: 

Your server goes down for some reason. Your server is going to go down or crash more times than your building is going to burn down or get blown away by a hurricane, right? So a local backup is important because if your server crashes, you have a local copy of your data and I can recover it for you very quickly.  

The second part of the solution is the offsite backup or cloud backup, so if your building does burn down, and your backup burns down with it, your files will still be saved although the restore time will be longer. 

With file and directory backups, whether local or offsite, the road to recovery is cumbersome and long, so these types of backups are not terribly effective if you want to do a rapid recovery. They are perfectly fine if you want to wait a day and a half for your data, but most companies do not.  

Fortunately, an image-based backup can remedy this problem. An image-based backup takes a complete image of your server, a point-in-time image, like taking a picture. That server, the data and applications can be recovered in their entirety at that point in time by simply restoring the whole image. The whole server is restored intact, including applications, patches, and data up to that point in time.  

We need a local backup. We need an offsite 

backup, and we need recovery capability. This is what makes a business continuity solution rather than just a backup protocol.  

Server recovery capability means that an image is on a backup device and the image is made usable so that users can connect to it and start working. The reason that this is possible is the backup device is also a server.  

For a typical client, we recommend backing up every hour locally and a couple of times a day offsite. Some of our clients, where it’s mandated, back up more often. We back up as often as every 15 minutes, so worst-case scenario on most days is losing 15 minutes of data.  

But now we don’t just have a backup of the data, we have an image of that server. What time is it now—2:30? I can have an image of your server as it looked at 1:30. I can mount that image in its entirety and people are working off a 1:30 version of their complete server. 

These components are the basic elements of IT business continuity. Business continuity means that in the event of some type of disaster, from an IT point of view, business is able to continue. Someone tells me, “My server crashed,” and the first thing we say is, “Let’s reboot.” If it comes back up, great, and if it doesn’t we can rapidly assess our options.  

How long is it going to take to bring your business back up? Can I get this server working in 10 minutes or is the hard drive gone? If it is we will be able to spin up the last backup which is the image


based backup. Now the users will work off that, and I can fix that server without compromising your operations. 

Now, if I need a hard drive or power supply or whatever the case might be, I have time. I can do the remediation off-hours or I can do it on the weekend because my users are working. When we finally repair that server, all the changes that were made to that virtual server, all the changes to the data, are actually copied back to the physical server. It’s called the bare metal recovery. It allows me to take that virtual representation of your server and copy it back to the physical server as it stands at that minute. There is never any data lost. 

That is business continuity to fix a local issue—a server crash or malware outbreak. This solution applies when your backup device or your backup appliance is still intact. But let’s say you have the fire, flood, or hurricane situation. Now your whole building is gone. What are you going to do?  

This is where the offsite copy of your data comes into play. If we had to copy all the data from the cloud it could take many, many hours, days, weeks, to get that data back, but in this scenario, we don’t have to copy the files from the cloud server down to the local destination. We have the same image that is on the local device. We have a replicated image in the cloud. We simply mount that image in the cloud and people can connect to that server. 

In the case of a fire, flood, or hurricane in which you lose the whole building, you might lose a dozen servers, but we can spin all those servers up in the cloud, and people can connect to their IT 


infrastructure from wherever they are. They could be home. They can be in Starbucks. They can be in a vacation house in Hawaii. They will be able to connect to this cloud representation of their data infrastructure.  

Think about this. If your building burned down, and you had a business continuity solution in place, the worst possible ramification (from a data perspective) would be the loss of a half a day’s data, and you’d be up and running in less than an hour. From a data-loss standpoint, that is not a bad end result of your building burning down. 

Business continuity solutions aren’t only helpful in the event a server is destroyed. I don’t know where you live Susan, but the weather over the last few years has seemed to contain a lot of 100 year storms. 

So when people can’t get to work or the power is down in a building for any substantial amount of time, we spin up these servers in the cloud and people can work from wherever they are in a replicated version. Naturally, we need to get the changed data back down, but again, this can all happen during off-hours. Business continuity means that I need to keep everyone working, and we are able to accomplish that.

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What One Book Reviewer Had To Say

We identify with our data. From pictures, various texts, critical business documents, that unfinished draft of the next great American novel...our data is an extension of ourselves. And, like many other things we take for granted, it's always just...there. In a world where data (and constant access to it)is perceived as a given, most don't ever consider the technology and planing that allows this to be a reality.

Enter Domenic DiSario's new book 'Backup Fanatic'.

Just as much a book title as it is a badge of pride, 'Backup Fanatic' reveals a focused desire to protect what we all consider a permanent fixture in our lives. Through first-hand accounts, entertaining anecdotes, and all-too-familiar scenarios, Domenic provides a concise, enjoyable, and vital exploration of what makes our data safe and accessible.
Does your company have a backup protocol in place? How about a disaster recovery solution? Is there any Mobile Device management (MDM)? Are your compliant with State and Federal regulation?


The conversational narrative glides through this minefield of hitherto difficult topics with ease, all the while illuminating the sometimes false perceptions of data safety, availability, and compliance. It's all here...file-based backups vs. snapshots, offsite vs. onsite, system crashes, environmental catastrophes...but now, you have a sage guide to help you navigate.

We live in a world where data is king...and it's heralds bear the mark of the 'Backup Fanatic'. After reading this, you may just count yourself amongst their ranks.

Author Bio

Domenic DiSario

With 25+ years of experience in the information technology field, Mr. DiSario is the President of Business Solutions Unplugged, Inc. He has worked his way up through the industry starting out in the early 1980’s as a PC Tech. He became a Certified NetWare Engineer (CNE) and has designed and implemented PC Networks and vertical solutions since 1988.

While an independent contractor for various network service companies, Mr. DiSario went on to become one of the first Novell Master CNE’s. In the late eighties he began accruing his own client base, many of whom remain clients today.

As Microsoft entered the networking market, Mr. DiSario enhanced his skills to mirror the changing technology and became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), as well as a Compaq Accredited Systems Engineer(ASE), a Citrix Certified Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Mr. DiSario is recognized as an industry leader in local and wide area networking as well as remote access solutions and satellite office connectivity for both large and small companies.

He has lectured on networking at Boston University, served as adjunct faculty at Clark University, has been published in LAN Times and his company has been featured on WCVB TV 's Chronicle. Recently Mr. DiSario authored the book "Technology as a 2nd Language" which has been cited on all of the major broadcasting networks and subsequently founded TA2L.COM whose target audience is seasoned business executives struggling to adapt to today’s newer, technology-based methods of communicating.

TA2L's books and coaching services offer practical, experience based guidance to help these professionals connect with clients, prospects and colleagues using the platforms and devices that their audiences prefer.

Most recently Mr. DiSario authored and published this book Backup Fanatic under the “Technology as a 2nd Language” series Look for his next release “ Meditations for Geeks” due out at the end of 2015.

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