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Engineers Achieve SCE certifications

Storage Craft MSP Partner

Safe Data Storage is proud to announce that two of our engineers have successfully reached StorageCraft Certified Engineer (SCE) Status after passing their exams last week.

This enhances our ability to design and implement a disaster recovery solution based on StorageCraft products and technologies.

Partner-Gold

As Gold Partners of StorageCraft, it’s vital we have the technical expertise to help our customers achieve their Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)

It’s not just about backing up data, it’s about Planning, Protecting, Managing and Restoring your systems in the event of a disaster.
For more information on how we can help, please contact us support@safedatastorage.co.uk

New Recovery Environment Released Today

New Recovery Environment ISO released today

We have just built a new Recovery restore ISO for our customers to use when restoring an Image Backup. It contains the latest version of the recovery console as well as even more drivers for network and raid controller support.

We recommend all our Bare Metal users to download this file and burn to CD (or store in their Datastores) so you have it to hand if you need to restore your server in an emergency.
Log into your FTP account and click on the Storage Craft Recovery Environment link for the latest download.

Any problems, please either call us on 0844 406 8094 or email support@safedatastorage.co.uk

Complete Backup Solution for Local Business

A local company contacted us to help implement a complete backup solution for their 10 servers.

They approached us after a server crash. Although they didn’t lose any data, the time to restore and get fully up and running was not acceptable. They invited us in to review their backup procedures and suggest ways to improve their standard file and system state backups.

The two problems with standard file backup systems is that they generally only run once or twice a day, so if your server dies late afternoon, you stand to lose lots of data. Secondly the time to get a server back up and running after a disk crash can be hours if not days. Try it yourself. Give yourself a challenge and rebuild your server from scratch. It’s actually good a good practice to get into!

  1. Install Operating system (30mins – 2hr)
  2. Patch / update the system (hours)
  3. Restore data (hours or days)
  4. Put back settings such as security, or permissions

Our obvious suggestion for the customer was to start using our Image Backup system. Image backups (everything on your server) first creates a local copy and then these files are replicated to our servers so you have a safe offsite copy.

The reason why we suggested our image backup system wasn’t just for when a server crashes, it was because the customer can also:-

Restore files and folders very quickly.
Create snapshots of their servers every 15 minutes
Virtual boot their servers in the event of a system crash within minutes
Use Head Start Restore to have mirrored servers just waiting in the wings to be started up if key live servers die.
Virtual boot their backup images to test updates before implementing them to a “live” system
The customer is very happy with this system and are confident that if a server fails, the downtime will be minimal.

This exercise was an eye opener for me. It was like going back in time to the days when I was an onsite IT guy looking after network servers. If I were to be honest, back then, I knew that even with a full backup every night, if a system was to crash, I had a big job ahead of me, and that the system would never be the same as it was.

The company now have Image backups running on 8 of their servers (two of the servers really didn’t need anything more than a file backup). They backup every 15 minutes and run a head start restore on their 3 key servers (Domain Controller, Exchange Server and SQL server) In the event of one of these servers crashing, they can finalize the head start restore, turn on the server (VM Guests) waiting in the wings and be back up and running within minutes. It really is that simple!

I sound like a sales man. I’m not! I’m a technician who believes in a solution that can and will help thousands of you out there in that heart sinking moment when you know you have a major restore ahead of you. Trust me when I say you will be amazed at how simple this solution is and how you can really rely on it.

If you would like us to suggest a solution for you, please contact us. We will be happy to help.

SDSL Renew Partnership with Storage Craft

We are please to announce that Safe Data Storage have again renewed our Partnership with Storage Craft for a further two years.

Rather than just offering traditional online backups, the StorageCraft Partnership allows us to  offer our customers a disk-based backup and disaster recovery solution online to our own private cloud .  The product has a long and trusted history dating back to 1999 with millions of installations world wide.

Our technical staff have been trained by Storage Craft and hold Professional Certifications so you know you can rely on our support and guidance.

If you are interested in implementing a Bare Metal / Disk Image backup, please talk to one of our support staff who will be happy to help.