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Disaster Recovery Solutions

Offer your customers a disaster recovery solution designed to minimize downtime

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Offer your customers a disaster recovery solution designed to minimize downtime

To ensure efficiency in customers’ IT operations, managed services providers (MSPs) are tasked with minimizing downtime. Every business has specific systems and data it must protect from accidental deletion, ransomware, or even a fire or flood. If those critical data or apps are inaccessible for any period of time, your client could suffer losses that could have been prevented with a reliable backup plan.  

With SolarWinds® Backup, MSPs can offer their customers a disaster recovery solution designed to return a business to an operational state quickly. SolarWinds Backup helps MSPs run regularly scheduled backups and test them as needed, to help ensure fewer issues during recovery, when it matters most.

Use a bootable USB drive to recover full systems from bare metal quickly and easily

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Use a bootable USB drive to recover full systems from bare metal quickly and easily

With SolarWinds Backup, you can use rapid bare-metal disaster recovery to restore a customer’s full system without the need to manually rebuild it. Because you can run regular, bare-metal-ready backups of system states, boot volumes, system data, and applications, it’s easy to then recover whatever you need if a disaster happens. Simply use a bootable USB drive to perform bare-metal restores. 

For rapid recovery, SolarWinds Backup also allows you to deploy a complete physical or virtual restore from either your LocalSpeedVault or from the cloud. To provide bare-metal recovery in almost any disaster scenario, you can restore physical server data to virtual servers or to physical servers. 

Archive data and files with a hybrid cloud data archiving feature

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Archive data and files with a hybrid cloud data archiving feature

Backup is the process of making a copy of your data to restore in case of emergency. On the other hand, archiving is the process of retaining out-of-use data and documents in a long-term archive, allowing you to recover old data in case you need to view historical activity.

In a typical disaster recovery scenario, you will need to restore backups to get customer servers working right where they left off before the incident. But archiving can also be useful for industry compliance audits, like HIPAA, which may request backup data from up to six years ago.

When you need to access or restore older backups, SolarWinds Backup data archiving has you covered. The hybrid cloud storage retains archives according to schedule, while granular data selection allows you to archive only the data that needs to be saved. You can also search and tag archived files for easier access, so there’s no need to recover an entire server to only access a few files.

Keep corporate data secure in transit and at rest

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Keep corporate data secure in transit and at rest

Customers trust MSPs with sensitive data, and MSPs must ensure their strategy for cloud disaster recovery is secure. If a customer’s servers are disabled, it’s critical that server backups can be used to restore data without compromising security. 

SolarWinds uses SSAE compliant and ISO certified data centers across the globe for our backup storage. Files are encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption. In addition, MSPs can choose to implement private-key encryption, which means only key holders can access and recover data.

Leverage virtual disaster recovery for virtual and physical servers

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Leverage virtual disaster recovery for virtual and physical servers

SolarWinds Backup virtual disaster recovery allows you to recover a physical server to a virtual machine (VM), and can also be used to recover from one virtual server to another. Virtual disaster recovery can save time and money when a company needs to rapidly restore data without setting up an entirely new physical server. 

MSPs can help lower hardware costs and increase disaster recovery efficiency by recovering a physical server to a virtual machine. SolarWinds Backup allows you to recover to either Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere virtual machines. Of course, you can also use virtual disaster recovery to recover VMs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between data backup vs. disaster recovery?

Data backup and disaster recovery (DR) are two very important and functionally different components of any layered IT security strategy. For MSPs searching for a backup and disaster recovery software solution, it's important to understand the two terms and how they work together.

Data backup, at its most basic level, is the act of storing a copy of files or data to a separate storage location so that in the event the original files are lost or damaged, they can be restored from the copies. Disaster recovery is the act of restoring those files and data. 

MSPs and IT professionals need backup software that can keep up with the pace of their clients' businesses and enable fast recovery when disaster strikes.

How does cloud disaster recovery work?

In the event of a disaster, you want to be able to recover your customer’s data as quickly as possible. That's where SolarWinds Backup comes in. This cloud-first backup software and disaster recovery system enables MSPs to restore their customers' business data typically within minutes.

Cloud-based disaster recovery with SolarWinds Backup means you can retrieve backup data from one of many global cloud backup sites, with end-to-end encryption to keep your data safe in transit. If you need to restore your servers even more quickly, you can choose cache backups in SolarWinds LocalSpeedVault for a local recovery solution.

What is the difference between physical and virtual recovery?

Physical recovery allows you to recover backup servers to physical hardware, if it’s available. Virtual recovery means you are restoring your servers to a virtual machine, either using a VMware vSphere  or Microsoft Hyper-V environment.

SolarWinds Backup allows you to use either physical or virtual recovery, depending on your disaster recovery preferences and needs. Virtual recovery is necessary for recovering virtual servers, but physical-to-virtual recovery can save critical time by recovering physical servers without setting up entirely new physical infrastructure. 

How is SolarWinds Backup designed for security?

Data security is a top priority for SolarWinds. Our AES 256-bit encryption over one-way TLS 1.2 connections helps your data stay protected during its entire journey. This means your data is encrypted on site, in transit, and in storage at one of our worldwide storage locations. The only time your backup data becomes unencrypted is during your on-site restoration process.


Do I have to recover my customer’s server to its original location?

With SolarWinds Backup, you do not have to recover a customer’s server to its original location. SolarWinds cloud-based recovery can restore a server either onto a new physical server with the same configuration, or onto a virtual machine using physical-to-virtual recovery. 

In the case of a disaster, such as a fire or flood that destroys the physical server, cloud-based backup allows you to quickly restore a backed-up server from the cloud to a new physical or virtual location. SolarWinds Backup also uses TrueDelta deduplication, data compression, and WAN optimization to get customer servers up and running in minutes, allowing for faster disaster recovery. TrueDelta deduplication can help you reduce backup time and run the backup process more frequently by backing up only changes instead of full files.  

BC vs. DR: What They Are and How They Differ?

While closely related, business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) are actually not the same thing and are often mistakenly used interchangeably. Disaster recovery is a key player in any business continuity plan. Most plans begin with backups for servers, systems, data and software applications, and then feature ways to restore those systems in the event of a crash.

Disaster recovery is the manner in which data, files, servers, software applications and operating systems are restored following a damaging event or crash.

Business continuity is the manner in which a business can maintain operations during a time of technological malfunction or outage.


Use a cloud disaster recovery tool to help minimize customer downtime

SolarWinds Backup

  • Help ensure fast delivery with data compression and deduplication
  • Use a tool designed for secure data transmission to and from cloud storage
  • Offer customers both virtual and physical data recovery options