Over this past weekend we had severe storms here in Virginia and of course the crisis in Japan is a reminder that things can go bad in a heartbeat! A question I ask myself "What if a tornado hit my data center, am I prepared?"
I have great backup systems "in my rack" including a tape backup. Because the data center is not close moving tapes off site is not possible. What I'd like to find or create is a system that on a schedule that can backup critical items such as web sites, databases, and copy them remotely, i.e. my server at home. I have FIOS with 35 mbit service so I have the broadband, what I need is the "system" to do this. I am a programmer so I could create something that FTP's down information on a schedule, but I'm curious if there is something out there that would fill this remote backup need now? My SQL Servers are backed up to storage arrays, I could bring those backups down or even schedule my SQL server here to sync with the production servers on a schedule. I use Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
What do you all recommend for off site strategy in a crisis such as a natural disaster knocking out our data center? Are you prepared? I hope others ask themselves this question and learn from these natural disasters we've been seeing all too frequently.