According to a recent study, 43% of companies experiencing a data loss never reopen and 23% are out of business within two years.
Many companies backup their data only to find their backups useless in that critical moment when they need to restore from them. They fail because the systems they implemented don't meet industry best practices; tapes, tape drives and cartridges do not always work properly and backup software can fail.
Given the importance of our client’s mission-critical information systems to their business success, the Microsoft certified consultants at Decision Consultants helps clients design disaster recovery and business continuity plans so they are prepared for events that could jeopardize their ability to operate.
Business disruptions can have a number of possible causes including natural disasters, malicious cyber based attacks, manmade disasters, unplanned hardware or software failures and even simple human error. Business continuity planning goes well beyond IT issues alone and includes topics such as alternative office space, regulatory compliance and reporting and emergency notification plans. Disaster Recovery plans usually focus on the various IT issues that are at play including the elimination of single-points-of-failure, quick restoration of core computing services and minimizing the amount of time the recovery process takes.
Almost all enterprise size organizations have implemented technology and strategies that allow them to continue operations in the event of a disaster of some kind. But for small business and most mid-range companies disaster recovery solutions and business continuity preparation have been too costly to put in practice and too complicated to manage. Decision Consultants has changed that situation for its clients. By utilizing the latest technologies, Decision Consultants has been able to create cost-effective disaster recovery and business continuity solutions that are within the reach of virtually any organization.
The disaster recovery specialists at Decision Consultants are all Microsoft and Cisco certified professional who have demonstrated expertise in providing top notch service in providing small and mid-range companies with cost effective, affordable disaster recovery solutions, high-availability network plans, reliable backup and restoration systems.
One benefit of addressing disaster recovery and continuity issues is that organization will lower their overall risk exposure. That helps preserve capital, maintain continuity of operations, and keep earnings as high as possible.
Some of the technologies employed by Decision Consultants to effect an ideal disaster recovery system include virtualization technology, redundant Internet connections, server fail-over and clustering, load balancing, continual backup-to-disk and multiple location data centers. The experts at Decision Consultants can help your organization eliminate or minimize unplanned network downtime.
Decision Consultants’ Continuity Planning Service
Decision Consultants offers planning, implementation, testing and training to help organizations prepare for potential disasters and their responses to them. By partnering with Decision Consultants to address these important issues, organization minimize downtime, eliminate data loss and assure themselves that both financial examiners or regulators compliance requirements are being met. Some of the steps in the process include:
• Risk assessments which identify potential risk
• Identification of the resources (both physical and human) that are necessary to keep the organization operational
• Set priorities on mission-critical functions and determine what acceptable restoration time are
• Identify and qualify both co-location and backup facilities
• Confirm that secure remote access is available to all key employees
• Develop the emergency notification plan and set assignments for key employee
• Document the plan
• Test the plan
• Train the management team, the technical resources and other key individuals within the organization how to carry out the plan
Disaster Recovery Systems That Are Supported by Decision Consultants
Combining the capabilities of Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology (available free of charge with Windows Server 2008 or 2012) and Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager, is a lost cost alternative that fits the needs of most small and mid-range organizations for a disaster recovery system. And adding Microsoft’s Lync VoIP solution, and an organization has a system that will keep all your vital systems, data and voice) running without interruption.
To design and build a disaster recovery and business continuity solution, Decision Consultants integrates both software and hardware from Microsoft and Cisco.
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or 2008 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization technology
• Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (Integrated Messaging)
• Microsoft Lync Server (VoIP)
• Microsoft Data Protection Manager (Data Backup and Recovery)
• Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (Network Monitoring)
• Cisco Network Infrastructure
High Availability and Disaster Recovery by Decision Consultants
Decision Consultants can help small to mid-range organizations create fault tolerant networks that increase uptime, lower costs and improved net profitability.
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The Cisco experts at Decision Consultants can create cost-effective and fault tolerant Internet access solutions. Our Cisco certified experts can help implementing Internet access systems that include automatic failovers and other features that assure 100% Internet uptime connections. For more information concerning fault tolerant Internet connectivity
Server Virtualization Technology
Server virtualization is a key component of any modern disaster recovery implementation. Using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMWare servers organizations can provision, copy, repurpose, and restore servers quickly and easily. This provides a very high level of flexibility and resilience that is simply impossible to match using physical servers alone. Decision Consultants has a great deal of experience with virtualization technology and we can help any organization design and implement a virtualized environment using either Microsoft Hype-V. Microsoft Hyper-V includes business continuity features such as live migration and transparent backup. For more information about Decision Consultants’ support for Microsoft Hyper-V
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Server clustering capabilities are build in to the current editions of Microsoft Server 2012 that provide easy to maintain server clusters to achieve high network availability, security and efficiency. The current Hyper-V technology has been applied by Decision Consultants to help organizations of all sizes recognize substantial cost savings and operational efficiency. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has expanded support for host microprocessors as well as memory. With Server 2012 all type of workloads can be hosted on the virtualization platform including all of an organization’s mission critical workloads. Hyper-V 2012 now supports up to 64 nodes in a single cluster and over 8,000 virtual machines across that cluster and live migration across clustered environments.
Hyper-V Replica is a new feature of Server 2012 which allows all of the virtual machines in your environment can be replicated to another site in case for disaster recovery. Hyper-V is also correctly positioned to take advantage of new hardware initiatives including new NICs coming to market, with SR-IOV network support. To read more go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Support
Decision Consultants provides consulting services around solutions for high availability that take advantage of load balancing, content dispatching systems, load balanced applications and network infrastructure balancing. Load Balancing for High Availability
Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010
The Decision Consultants Microsoft certified engineers can help your organization develop a cost effective continuity plan coupled with an always-up IT infrastructure. We can help deploy Microsoft Data Protection Manager for data backup and restoration services, comprehensively test the system and train your staff on how to manage Data Protection Manager. In addition, Decision Consultants offers IT outsourcing options for Data Protection Manager. Data Protection Manager support
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