Business continuity starts with protecting your on-premise servers. In this video, learn about many of the techniques you may use to protect them.
- [Instructor] So, as you start to move down the journey of business continuity, let's review some of the different things that you may have known. So, we're going to start with something that, hopefully, everybody's doing and that's on-premises, or on-prem, business continuity, and what are the different types of things that we do, because this is still viable today. Remember, when we talk about cloud technologies being involved, specifically Azure in our business continuity story, this is an and conversation. Just because you use cloud technologies to help enable certain solutions in your infrastructure or do things like backup and recovery, doesn't mean you still can't get away from taking care of that on-prem environment.
The only time you can avoid the on-prem environment is really when you get everything into the cloud. And quite frankly, not a lot of businesses are there yet. It's starting to happen. It's definitely where the trend in the industry is going. So, when we start talking about on-prem business continuity, you know, what are those methods? And really, I'd call this traditional IT operations. Hopefully, you're doing this every day. Hopefully, you're backing up your computers, you're making sure everything is going well, you're making sure the data's recovered. You're doing something to protect those systems, and whether it's at home or at work, you're doing something.
I remember the one time I didn't backup my computer at home and I turned on my system, I hear this nice little click-click-click because a drive head had broken on my server and I hadn't backed it up, happened to be my family photos. But the cost to me, because I didn't do traditional IT, was about $1200 because I had to go to a clean room to recover that disk. So, if you're not backing up today, please start. It's something that has always been traditional part of IT operations, so we've been doing this for many, many years. But there's also a lot of choices that you can have when you do things on-prem from a business continuity perspective.
Specifically, you can backup, and this is all the traditional media, we have tape drives you can backup. You have disks and media that you can backup. Some people have used USB drives. You might have SANs. There are just tons of choices that when you're backing up and you're doing business continuity, just from a backup perspective, how do you protect your data, and really, sometimes, people even avoid just using backup utilities, although I highly recommend them, and they do a simple file and copy. You know, you might have a little router with a USB drive attached to it and you just copy those files there. I don't call that the most reliable method, but I guess it's better than nothing.
So remember, when we're looking at those traditional operations, backing up to tape drives, disks, and SANs, are just part of that media that we work with and where do we store that data. So, you might actually take that data off-site. So have, not only have business continuity in a backup, then you have a disaster recovery solution as well. So, really when you look at that media, after you backup, where do you store and work with that? We also have replication. A lot of modern applications today support replication. Databases, they'll replicate to other locations in your environment, whether it's SQL or Oracle, or other database technologies.
A replication is very common in today's environment with virtual machines, leveraging applications like VMware, or Hyper-V, to help improve your infrastructure and give those additional capabilities where you can leverage more of the hardware that our servers that are on-prem have, they also offer some great capabilities to replicate those virtual machines. So, you can actually take those virtual machines from one virtualized host and put them onto another system in case something goes wrong. In Vmware, it's called vMotion. In HyperV, it's called Live Migration where we can actually migrate that, in case something happens, we can protect that environment.
We can make sure that our servers are safe somewhere in case we need to turn them on. You know, it's the old analogy, you know, the fire extinguisher, break in case of emergency. You break that glass, that's really what replication does, and, sometimes, replication can be used in kind of an active environment where those replications are not only helping us spread the workload, but also they're being leveraged in those remote locations where we have them. But really, replication's just another way that we can do on-prem business continuity. And the last one, this is the tried and true. Hopefully, you're clustering your servers, protecting them against that physical failure.
You know, I tell this personal story when my home system went bad and I had that clicky on the hard drive, that's why it's involved. Nowadays, modern clustering technologies have gotten much simpler to set up, you know, and get those environments configured so in case a physical host does go bad. When you are on-prem, guess what? Hardware sometimes does go bad. We still want to cluster those technologies. So, when you look at this, and you look at the ability to just have two servers tied together and just waiting for one to fail, you can really extend that environment. Now, here's the great thing.
When you look at on-prem business continuity, this is still technologies that we do today. If you have servers that exist in somebody's office, in somebody's server closet, underneath somebody's desk with a piece of cardboard over the power button that says, "Don't turn off." Well, guess what? You still need to implement these practices inside your organization to help protect your data. So, just a quick look at some of the on-prem business continuity technologies that, hopefully, most of you are using today.
- Examining platform choices
- Creating the Recovery Services vault
- Installing the agent
- Configuring the agent
- Installing Azure Backup Server
- Configuring Azure Backup Server
- Testing failover