Modern businesses rely on data centres and shared storage to operate. Since data is essential to a business’s operations, what if you lose access to your file system? Without a redundant server, the consequences for your business could be dire.
Research shows that 90% of businesses that don’t have a disaster recovery plan collapse after losing their back-end server due to hardware failure, cyberattack, or human error.
In contrast, 96% of organizations with a redundant server in place will be able to recover from a ransomware attack or loss of files.
In the face of such challenges, it is important that you have a redundant server to back up your data and keep your server operational, even when disaster strikes.
What is a redundant server?
A redundant server is like a spare tire for your network. Essentially, it is a duplication of your system, including communication lines and networked devices. If your primary server goes down for some reason, the server can act as the primary operating system for your business.
Having a backup service ensures that your business can continue to operate in the event of data loss. To continue the automobile metaphor: you will avoid finding yourself on the side of the road waiting for the tow truck. You can simply install the spare tire and continue your journey.
The advantages of using a redundant file server
No one wants to have their only server down. Even in the best-case scenario, there will be extended outages which could cost you dearly. According to Gartner, the average cost of a network outage is $ 5,600 per minute or well over $ 300,000 per hour.
Essentially, setting up a redundant web server prevents catastrophic results in the event of data loss. Rather than shutting down everything to fix the problem, your business can continue to operate using the failover cluster, while your IT departments work on the problem.
Multiple redundant servers also provide real-time monitoring capabilities to continuously scan your primary cluster of file servers for possible issues. This additional information will allow your team to prevent potential failures before they occur and keep your system in good shape.
Types of redundant storage servers
In general, there are three types of redundant servers that businesses can use to protect their information:
Domain, Front End, and Validation Servers: Two servers work together with built-in redundancies. If the primary AD server goes down or becomes too congested, the secondary Windows server, for example, can validate user access to better balance the load.
Replicated servers: An exact replica of your primary server can be activated in the event of a disaster. Setting up full proxy servers can be expensive, but it will allow you to quickly regain all your computing power, even if the primary server fails completely.
Disaster Recovery Servers: Servers designed specifically to maintain backup information. These are lukewarm (always-on) spare parts that can restore your data and the processing capacity of your back-end servers in the event of a disaster, much like jogging a car battery.
How to set up a redundant server
Essentially, creating a redundant server involves building a new network infrastructure that hosts the same information as your primary server. You will therefore have the main server and an identical backup server as backup.
Of course, even with a backup server, it will take some time to transfer all of your business processes from the primary server to the backup server.
To reduce downtime, many companies also set up a Failover Monitoring Server that scans your back-end servers for potential issues. If it detects an error, it automatically redirects network traffic to the backup server by updating the DNS records.
Your team can then continue to work as normal, while your IT department works to resolve issues that are hampering your back-end servers.
Since installing redundant physical servers can be costly, many businesses rely on cloud-based applications for their data backup needs. With cloud-based disaster recovery solutions, you won’t have to worry about installing new hardware or finding space on-site for servers.
All of your information is safe in the cloud, and if anything happens to your back-end servers, you can quickly retrieve your data from the Internet. Some of the most popular redundant cloud servers include AWS and Azure.
Protect your data with server redundancies
Without access to your systems, your business stops functioning. Protect your data by backing it up to a redundant server, avoiding costly interruptions.
Setting up server redundancy doesn’t have to be a simple task. Using the services of an experienced IT firm guarantees that your systems will be properly restored in the event of a disaster.
At Quadbridge, we know what you need to protect your information.
Our seasoned professionals will take the time to get to know your business and offer you personalized advice so that your server solutions meet your exact needs.
We’ll work on defining, sourcing and implementing disaster recovery solutions to protect your business from data loss while relieving you of the burden of IT planning.
Contact us today to get support from one of Canada’s fastest-growing IT companies. We’ll help you find the perfect data recovery solution for your business.