Last night my dedicated server with Hivelocity crashed. The admin told me after 6 hours of requesting support that my hard disk is down and it's showing up as 0MB. I've requested a server reload that is still to be executed.
I took a backup 5 days ago so the damage is not so severe and I will be back up in a couple of days.
But one of the applications on the server is mission critical. It has to stay up, and I can't afford to have a backup that's older than 5-6 hours.
I am considering setting up a RAID 1 mirror for my main hard disk, but that won't help if the Data center has a fault. I also don't trust the DC guys so much now (after yesterday's performance) to do quick fault-correction.
The second option I am considering is setting up a redundant server which would mirror all the data in my main server and in case something goes wrong with it, I can just shift the Domain Name to the new server.
What do you recommend?
- Is there any automated tool to build such redundancy (entire server).
Send me your suggestions and feedback.
And also if I want the HDD to be sent to me for possible recovery, how can I get the server company to do that.
OS: Windows Server 2003
Backup needed for: MS Sql databases, Mysql databases all website files.