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Case Study: Protecting Your Data in Any Season, Anytime

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The record-breaking weather on the East Coast in October left an estimated three million homes and businesses without power. Those businesses had to continue running and access to critical data from databases, mail and file servers and ongoing employee access to their online business files were critical. Due to power outages and hazardous travel conditions, when a lot of people couldn’t get to work, and the IT infrastructure, including primary and secondary data centers, was often down, access to mission-critical data was not an easy task for IT administrators.  Even if there were backup copies of data stored on tapes, external disks or USBs, it could be very difficult to obtain them, and almost impossible to restore the data when the data centers are down.

A recent blog post talks about the importance of online data backup and recovery services, such as Zetta, a former Cloud Expo participant, that help keep businesses running by providing IT and other employees with secure, controlled access to both server and desktop backup data when weather conditions have made getting to the office - or even working from home- not an option. Employees can access and retrieve their backup files from any location with power and Internet connection using just a web browser, even with the data centers being down and IT managers being unavailable.  The server online backup data can be immediately accessed from other regional offices not affected by the snowstorm. Once the power is restored, the data can be quickly retrieved to primary and secondary data centers, eliminating the risk of data loss occurring during the outage.

Zetta's customers such as the Town of Dedham on the East Coast understand that the right online backup and recovery solution helps them keep their businesses going even in the most difficult weather conditions. Fortunately, the town has not had a disaster where they have had to recover from Zetta, yet, but they have gone online and checked that the file level recovery is working and ready for business.

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