According to reports, Apple’s IMessage server went down again at the end of March. Although the underlying issues have been resolved, this is not a new phenomenon. In January of this year, Apple’s iCloud server experienced a wide range of downtime, and users in many countries reported that they were unable to use some of Apple’s iCloud services. In addition, Ableton’s website and authorization verification server went down in March. The authorization verification service has not yet been restored, even though the website server has been repaired. Taobao, China’s largest online shopping platform, was also unavailable in December of last year. Taobao broke this topic and rushed to the top of the hot search list of social platforms. Many factors contribute to system downtime, including power outages in the computer room, server hardware failure, insufficient system processing capacity, network attacks, and so on.

So, how can downtime be avoided or minimized?

The cost of remote computer rooms as disaster recovery centers is prohibitively expensive for small and medium-sized businesses. Servers and cabinet rentals are not cheap, and remote management is inconvenient. Is there a more efficient and cost-effective way? A public cloud is a good option. Large public clouds have computer rooms all over the world that can meet remote disaster recovery needs. The disaster recovery system is a scaled-down version of the production system for small and medium-sized businesses. It does not have to be on the same scale as the manufacturing system. It can create small-scale virtual machines in remote computer rooms such as Alibaba Cloud or Amazon Cloud, ensuring that if the production system fails, the critical business system of disaster recovery can continue to provide services. Furthermore, the public cloud provides flawless services and eliminates the need for on-site server maintenance, which significantly reduces maintenance costs.

Furthermore, small and medium-sized businesses must select appropriate disaster recovery plans.

By using Vinchin Backup & Recovery, you can instantly recover the entire VM and all its data from any restore point (no matter if it’s a full backup, incremental backup, or differential backup) without any effect on the original backup data. Any deduplicated or compressed backups can be recovered. It is an excellent solution to ensure enterprise data security and minimize the loss of crucial business interruptions caused by disaster or system failure.

You can also quickly verify the backup data availability by instantly recovering the target VM to an isolated area in a matter of minutes. Make sure when a real disaster occurs, all the VMs can be recovered and the data inside is not lost or damaged. Vinchin supports the world’s most mainstream virtual environments and provides solutions such as VMware backup, XenServer/XCP-ng backup, Hyper-V backup, RHV/oVirt backup, etc.