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Our Back-Ups are Backed-Up. This Server goes to 11.

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

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Web Applications has converted its Media Room into a separate Server Room to house our new DMP 2010, located on the other side of the building from the main server room. This new server is a keystone solution in the Web Applications Disaster Recover Strategy and will ensure continuity of service to our customers in the event of a catastrophe.

This new server is the Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), the latest in data protection technology. The server is hot off the presses from Microsoft and will constitute an upgrade from our previous version, the DPM 2007. What we are running at the moment is the Release Candidate until the Release to Manufactures (RTM) is available at the end of May, at which point we will migrate over. One of the key improvements of DPM 2010 is the Bare Metal recovery it provides. This means that if something happens to the regular servers, you can go to your local computer store, pick up another server, connect it to your network and restore all your data. In this way you have the infrastructure to rebuild your entire pool of data without losing anything.DPM 2010

DPM 2010 also allows users to recover data with extreme ease and protects against accidental data deletion. If a user changes or deletes a file, the DPM 2010 can restore that file if this was done in the last five days. Even more, since the DPM 2010 performs a back-up three times a day; if a user changes something in the morning and has a change of heart in the afternoon, they can easily restore the specific previous version from earlier in the day.

Our DPM 2010 has its own room in the front section of the office. The reason this server is in its own room (along with some air conditioning) is to provide extra protection. The DPM 2010 backs-up all the data from the other servers, so if something happens to them we are fully capable of providing continuity of service to our customers which is of paramount importance to us. The Server Room is, in a way, a hazard proof vault, consisting of fire proof walls and door so that if some sort of disaster occurs and there is a fire that destroys our main servers (located in the back of the office), the DPM 2010 is on the other side of the building and completely insulated against the hazard. There are fire proof doors and a firewall that separate the entire front section of the office from the back section which would provide ample time for the fire brigade to come to the rescue if a fire ever starts in the building. As you can see the server has its own (very tall) server rack which provides room for expansion. Within the server are 12, two terabyte disks ensuring plenty of space. The DPM 2010 does not need much power to operate, but still has three separate power sources in addition to a back-up battery.

Web Applications takes disaster recovery and data protection very seriously and we strive to do everything in our power to guard against unforeseen circumstances. In addition to being a Microsoft reseller (meaning you can purchase your own DPM 2010 through us) Web Applications UK offers consultancy services to assess the needs of businesses of any size. If you would like to know more about disaster recovery or have any other technical queries, make sure to get in touch either over the phone at +44 161 682 6565 or by emailing us at info@WebApplicationsUK.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Data loss is devastating, and in many cases, highly preventable; protect yourself and your data by taking the time to make sure your business has a disaster recovery infrastructure, it’s worth it.