Protect your Organization from Ransomware, Disasters and Cyber Attacks with a full range of best-of-breed Business Continuity solutions designed specifically to keep your data available, up-to-date and completely secure.
Business Continuity FAQ:
Q: How does VMsources pricing work? Are there hidden charges?
A: We have the easiest to understand pricing you will find anywhere, and we are the ONLY provider offering a guaranteed TCOfor your Secure Offsite Backup or DRaaS protection!
- We charge for actual space used by Backups or Replicas at some of the lowest rates in the industry.
- We have Veeam Backup and Replication available as SaaS/Rental so you pay only for what you use, while you are using it.
There are never any ingress, egress, Block Blob or other hidden surcharges to access or use your data. Plus, our famous Concierge Service is included for every customer/job, no matter how small or large!
Q: What advantages does VMsources provide over the Big Cloud like Azure or AWS?
A: Personalized service, guaranteed TCO, 100% USA-based support.
Q: How quickly can VMsources protect my environment with Secure Offsite Backup or DRaaS?
A: In just a few days.
Q: How does VMsources Secure Backup protect our organization from Ransomware?
A: First and foremost, our backup systems are entirely separated from your Organizational AD, so Threat Actors will not have the ability to exploit credentials to gain access. Secondly, we use Veeam Hardened / Immutable Repositories to prevent any changes to data after it is written.
Q: What’s the 3-2-1 Backup Rule?
A: The 3-2-1 Backup Rule requires three (3) copies of your data on two (2) devices with at least one (1) copy offsite.
Q: How does VMsources implement the3-2-1 Backup Rule?
A: We create a local Backup job, a Backup Copy job and a Replication job to protect your mission-critical data. Three (3) copies are:
Q: How will my customers/auditors know that my Organization is in compliance with the 3-2-1 Backup Rule?
- The local Backup, the offsite Backup, and the Replica.
- Two (2) devices are the local backup repository and the offsite backup repository.
- The one (1) copy offsite is either the Replica VM or the offsite Backup.
Q: How do I know if my Backup jobs are running successfully?
A: VMsources monitors your jobs and will notify you if there is an issue.
PLEASE NOTE: Many providers simply provide you instructions on how to setup notification – VMsources takes a more active role and makes sure you know if there is a problem with protection.
Q: If I have Secure Offsite Backup, can I restore my VMs, Servers or PCs to the Secure Cloud in the event of a disaster?
A: Yes. You can restore them to VMsources Secure Cloud or any other cloud hosting service!
Q: Can I do Secure Offsite Backup without DRaaS Replication, but convert my Secure Offsite Backups to the Secure Cloud in the event of a disaster?
A: Yes, but the restores may take some time to complete, so it’s not recommended for low Recovery Time Objective (R.T.O.) scenarios. Also, with Offsite Backup, compute resources pre-provisioned on-demand and may not be available at the exact moment you need them.
Q: What is the advantage of having DRaaS Replication in addition to Secure Offsite Backup?
A: DRaaS Replication provides a ready-to-run replica provisioned in our Secure Cloud. This accomplishes two important goals: RTO is drastically reduced and Secure Cloud resources are reserved in advance for your Organization.
Q: What’s the RTO if we implement DRaaS Replication to the Secure Cloud?
A: The VMs will be available almost immediately after a disaster or for a DR test. How long it takes your organization to update DNS and re-connect users can vary widely.
Q: How do we execute DR Tests is we have DRaaS Replication with VMsources?
A: VMsources will have first created a custom DR Plan for your Organization. As part of our famous Concierge Service, a VMsources Business Continuity specialist will help you to execute your DR Plan and document the successful results or adjust the DRaaS protections and/or DR Plan until we achieve total success.
Q: Does a DR Test cost anything?
A: NO, VMsources does not charge for running DR Tests, either for out time or the Secure Cloud Compute used during the test.
PLEASE NOTE: Most providers do not assist you during tests and will charge extra for Cloud resources consumed during the test.
Q: How many VLANs/Networks/DMZs can I have?
A: We place no limit on that. Additional VLANs/Networks/DMZs are provided at no cost.
Q: How many public IP addresses do I get?
A: We have no set limit to the number of IP addresses you can have. We assign a minimum of one public IP for all Secure Offsite Backup and DRaaS clients.
DRaaS clients with replication will get pre-assigned static public IP addresses for each of their public services, such as: Mail, Web, VDI, etc. These pre-assigned static public IP addresses will remain yours for the life of the Solution
PLEASE NOTE: Most providers assign public IP addresses from a “pool” as failover is performed, so there is no possibility of pre-arranging whitelists or DNS
Q: Can I provide and manage my own Firewall / Layer 3 for DRaaS?
A: Yes! We’ll rack your Customer Provided Equipment (CPE) for DRaaS at no extra cost! This allows you the complete ability to manage NAT / Security / Client VPN during failover
Business Continuity Terms
- Three (3) copies of protected Data on at least two (2) different storage devices with one (1) copy located at a secure remote location such as VMsources Secure Cloud
- Antivirus products continually scan for known Virus Signatures on protected systems.
- Antivirus systems can not protect against new vectors (Signatures) which have not been published by the Antivirus vendor.
Auditing and Compliance
- Auditing and Compliance are the processes by which facilities and systems are compared against known standards by Qualified Auditors who then create reports which certify the facility or system is in Compliance with the standards used, or make note of exceptions.
- A Backup is an indexed archive of systems and data, usually compressed, and which needs to be Restore(d) prior to accessing the archived data.
- A Backup Copy job sources a (usually) Incremental Backup and copies the data to an alternate location. Backup Copy jobs are the normal source for Offsite Backup(s) and have the advantage of being non-disruptive if it takes many hours to transfer data to an Offsite location such as VMsources Secure Backups.
- A random-access storage system which can be used as the primary target of a Backup.
- Best Effort represents resources which are not reserved or pre-assigned and may not be available in the event of greater than normal demands on Infrastructure, such as during a large regional Disaster event.
- Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is near-synchronous Replication of data from source to target.
- Cloud Computing provides ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
- A secure and audited location where Cloud Computing resources are housed.
computer Disk (AKA: vDisk, Virtual Disk, Hard Disk, HDD, SSD) is a non-volatile, random-access storage system on which data is stored.
- Disaster Recovery (DR) is the notion of how an Organization would recover following a Disaster such as physical loss of data (such as in a Fire), logical loss of data (such as in a Ransomware Event) or temporary loss of data (such as during a power outage).
- Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is a combination of Service Levels which includes at least Secure Backup and Replication.
- A Disaster Recovery Plan is the written and documented procedure for an organization to recover during / following a disaster.
- A Disaster Recovery Test is the execution of the DR Plan sufficient to demonstrate that the Organization could recover following a disaster.
- The process by which Replicated VMs are powered on and prepared for use using alternate resources, such as at a DRaaS Datacenter.
- A Full Backup is an archive of protected data and systems which can exist on its own, without any other supporting files.
Grandfather-Son (GFS) Backup
- Long-term retention of full backups on a schedule (Weekly, Monthly, Yearly).
Hardened / Immutable Repository
- Veeam Hardened / Immutable Repositories are tested and proven by Cohasset Associates meeting the requirements for non-rewritable, non-erasable storage as specified by SEC 17a-4(f), FINRA 4511(c) and CFTC 1.31(c)-(d) – WORM Equivalency.
- A platform which draws resources from its physical host hardware and allocates those resources to VMs which run as independent and isolated systems.
- An Incremental Backup utilizes one Full Backup followed by successive increments of the data which contain only the portion that has changed since the preceding Incremental Backup. When a Restore is needed, the restoration process requires the last Full Backup plus all the Incremental Backups until the point of restoration.
Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is a process which requires external validation, in addition to the username/password combination. The most common form of MFA is 2FA (2 Factor Authentication) which sends a “push” notification or uses a hardware hey in addition to the username/password combination to validate users.
- To a geographically separated location, usually with a minimum distance requirement of 100 KM., but possibly much more depending on: Power Grids, Flood areas, Geologic earthquake zones and much more.
- To the same location as active Workloads and mission-critical data.
Replication / Replica
- Replication provides a ready-to-run (immediately accessible) Replica copy of a Virtual Machine at an alternate location. The primary advantage of Replication is that Replicated systems require no Restore prior to being accessible.
- The process of extracting data from a Backup and placing that data in a location where it is accessible. The Restore process is often time-consuming, depending on the format of data and systems used.
- Replication Point Objective is the time between Replication cycles that occurs in Asynchronous Replication. When met, the RPO is the maximum period of data loss to be expected.
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the amount of time for systems to be functional after a disaster, including the time required to update public DNS and other service pointers. RTO can vary from just a few minutes for DRaaS protected systems to many hours for systems which need to be restored from Secure Offsite Backup
S3 Object Storage
- S3 Object Storage systems may be deployed to retain bulk or long-term Backups which were created targeting a random-access repository. S3 Object Storage is not suitable for random-access or transactional data, and cannot be used as the first generation of a Full Backup or Incremental Backup because it does not support the locking and sharing mechanisms needed to maintain a single, accurately updated version of a file.
- Secure, on-demand and elastic Compute and Storage resources located in geographically diverse areas.
A dedicated area where Servers and other Compute resources are housed. The primary difference between a Server Room and Datacenter is that the Server Room has not been Audited against standards (Such as AICPA, NIST, ISO) whereas the Datacenter is Audited and in compliance with those standards
- Veeam Hardened / Immutable Repositories are tested and proven by Cohasset Associates meeting the requirements for non-rewritable, non-erasable storage as specified by SEC 17a-4(f), FINRA 4511(c) and CFTC 1.31(c)-(d) – WORM Equivalency..