Disastser recovery in the third word millieuOne of the services that the company I work for provides is a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Program (BCDRP) that is tailor-made for offices based in various parts of the Philippines.

Practically speaking, in the Philippines there is no such thing as 100% uptime for any office, unless it has generators that automatically kick in when the power goes out. Even when the building that houses the office itself is backed up by a generator, there is the question of availability of backup power for the individual servers.

Not all offices, especially startup ones, can avail themselves of backup servers, much less of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units that can sustain a server’s activity until power is restored. There are various ways in which a building, or the entire area where the building is located, can lose power. A cut transmission line, a blown up power transformer—these contribute to the uncertainty of when power can be restored. And when there is uncertainty, no UPS or backup generator will be enough to keep a server running.

With the loss of power for some key areas also comes loss of internet connection. When this happens, no automated, remote controlled monitoring and management can occur. A company offering BCDRP services that are fully automated, can rely on automation only for as long as the power and Internet is up. Once they both come down, and there are no warm bodies to kick in, then there is a problem.

This is where our BCDRP program becomes practical. Every day we send out a team that goes around from one client to another, replacing backup external disks and taking the previous night’s backups away for safekeeping offsite. This is on top of remote server backup and management that we also perform.

This is practical BCDRP for the third world.

Server backup in the third world

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4 thoughts on “Server backup in the third world

  1. Bambit,

    are you related to Gregorio Dumlao Gaerlan who resides in Angeles City and married to Regina Tayag?

    Bernie

  2. hi paolo, thanks for the compliment 🙂

    Bernie, sorry, I asked all the Gaerlans I know (about 6 or 7) but they don’t know Gregorio Gaerlan. I should ask the older ones, they know the family tree better. Will get back to you if I get any results.

  3. If Gregorio Gaerlan is related to the late Bishop Gregorio Gaerlan of La Union and Pangasinan then he is a relative. Bishop Gregorio Gaerlan was my late Dad’s uncle.

    Sam’s last blog post: The Strange Brew

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