Business continuity planning essential and affordable for most businesses, says Veeam


Business continuity planning -- how to carry on operating even after a disaster -- is still often thought of an expensive exercise that only large corporates can afford, says Warren Olivier of Veeam; "but it's now easier than ever before, and affordable for most companies. In the era of the always-on business, failing to do this planning is irresponsible." Olivier, who is Veeam's Regional Manager for Southern Africa, says the tools available in the virtualised modern data centre can automate much of the process of recovering after a disaster, whether it's due to natural causes like earthquake, fires and floods or human action like computer viruses and terrorist attacks. "Business continuity planning starts with your backup and data protection policies," he says.

"What data and applications are most critical to your organisation? Where are they stored and how do you back them up? In the event of a disaster, who needs access and when, and where will you restore to?" "These business process questions are central, and especially for companies who are facing the growing demands for always-on availability" says Olivier. "A good business continuity plan should include a 'runbook' or script that sets out exactly what needs to be done, by whom and in what order. For example, an Exchange server won't connect unless Active Directory is running, so you know that you will need Active Directory before you can get your email back." Once the runbook is set up, says Olivier, much of the process can be automated so that key staff don't have to make important decisions in the heat and pressure of the moment.

"You'll always want to ensure that the actual decision to fail over to your disaster recovery plan is made by an actual human, preferably a C-level executive, because once you've failed over it's difficult to rewind. But once the big red button is pushed, automation except at a few key points is extremely helpful." This is only possible if the right tools are in place, warns Olivier. "If all your servers are still physical, or if you're using data protection tools designed for physical environments, the recovery process is still going to be long and complex. But if you have virtualised servers, and are protecting those with the appropriate tools, sophisticated disaster recovery and continuity planning is well within the reach of a business with as few as four or five servers." Olivier advises business owners to consult their IT service providers about opportunities for including business continuity within their service contracts. "Ask them about their own disaster planning as well, especially where they're storing their off-site backups and how quickly they will recover after a disaster. If you're outsourcing any of your applications to a hosted provider, these questions are essential."

About Veeam Software Veeam® enables the Always-On BusinessT by providing solutions that deliver Availability for the Modern Data CenterT, which provides recovery time and point objectives (RTPOT) of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data. Veeam recognizes the challenges in keeping a business up and running at all times and addresses them with solutions that provide high-speed recovery, data loss avoidance, verified protection, leveraged data and complete visibility. Veeam Backup & ReplicationT leverages technologies that enable the modern data center, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, NetApp storage, and HP 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual Storage, to help organizations meet RTPO, save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs. Veeam Availability SuiteT provides all of the benefits and features of Veeam Backup & Replication along with advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning for the backup infrastructure.Veeam Management PackT for System Center is the most comprehensive, intuitive and intelligent extension for app-to-metal management of Hyper-V and vSphere infrastructures, and includes monitoring and reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication. The Veeam Cloud Provider (VCP) program offers flexible monthly and perpetual licensing to meet the needs of hosting, managed service and cloud service providers. The VCP program currently includes more than 5,000 service provider partners worldwide. Founded in 2006, Veeam currently has 25,000 ProPartners and more than 111,500 customers worldwide. Veeam's global headquarters are located in Baar, Switzerland, and the company has offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit

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