Disaster Recovery


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% of SME businesses fallen victim to cyber attack in past 24 months


The % of business that suffer some degree of interruption


The % of cases exceeded R250k per incident and 7% above R1 million

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is the planning and IT strategy put in place by a company in order to limit downtime of any systems, processes or applications that essentially run the business. If a company has a security breach (such as a ransomware attack) or network outages, a Disaster Recovery plan out lines the steps taken in order to set up an alternate environment which your primary environment can fail over to. This is also referred to as Site Level protection. This ensures that all of your mission critical systems can still run, your data is secured, and employees can still access applications which they use to run the business.

A backup plan is just one part of the complete Disaster Recovery plan. Backups are copies of data intended to restore an old version of a file. A company may decide to do daily back ups, and depending on when the failure happened, the company would lose a days worth of data. Backups can be run more often but this usually affects production environments performance. An on-premise back up is usually stored on removable media devices like type drives and taken offsite in case of an emergency. The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) for backups is typically days and in extreme cases weeks.

The RTO of a true Disaster Recovery strategy is measured in minutes. With public cloud, backups can now be done utlising cloud storage.

We can help you with:

Azure Backup

We provide a service where we back up your data to the Azure Cloud. This can potentially replace existing solutions and would certainly lead to cost savings.

Disaster Recovery as a Service

We assess your environment, make appropriate recommendations and replicate your environment into the Azure Cloud. We monitor, address any issues that arise and perform monthly disaster recovery drills. This is offered as a managed service.


Read this eBook to understand the difference, the benefits of a Disaster Recovery plan and information on how to claim your free assessment

The Power of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure provides customers with peace of mind knowing their workloads are protected from any disaster without having to build and maintain a secondary datacentre or relying on a back up.


Customers do not have to pay for infrastructure, the power to run and cool machines, or IT personnel to manage machines, saving customers from paying to maintain a secondary data centre. You pay for what you use.


Leverage automation to enable the true power of recovery plans and allow you to failover your workloads with a click of a button, removing guess work and stress involved in a disaster.


Disaster Recovery is no longer constrained by geographical barriers. The ability to ask for quick restoration of workloads allows customers to gather the necessary information to meet compliance

Glossary of Terms

Not sure what everything means?

Term Description
ASR Azure Site Recovery is a Microsoft Disaster Recovery service that enables fail-over for on-premise workloads. The VM’s are replicated in Azure.
Backup A backup or backups are copies of your data typically stored on tape drives. The backup can then be taken offsite to be stored. The RPO and RTO from backups is significantly higher than a disaster recovery service. It recommened to do backups as well as have a disaster recovery solution in place.
DRaaS Disaster Recovery as a Service is a cloud service that protects applications and data from disruption caused by disaster. It can give a company a total system backup that allows for business continuity.
Microsoft Azure An ever expanding set of cloud services to help organisations to achieve their business goals. You can build, test, manage and deploy applications and services through Microsoft managed data centres
RPO Recovery Point Objective – this is the maximum tolerable period in which data may be lost during a major IT incident. The question to ask here is – how much data can you afford to lose? It could be 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 24 hours. For transactional data such as quotes, orders, sales, you wouldn’t want to lose a whole day of potential revenue earning.
RTO Recovery Time Objective – this is the amount of time that your business systems will be down. How long can you afford to be down? You can prioritise mission critical applications and data that needs to be restored immediately from the last recovery point.

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