How Rapid Recovery is like Liam Neeson

The other day I was watching the movie Taken, and as I was watching it I came to the part where Liam Neeson says his line, “If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” This got me thinking about how Rapid Recovery is like Liam Neeson from that movie. Now I know you are probably thinking, “Okay, how can Rapid Recovery be like the macho butt-kicking Liam Neeson from Taken?” - Right? Well let me explain.

First, let me go back to a few weeks ago when I was visiting a customer. As we were talking to them, they were telling us how much they absolutely love Rapid Recovery and how it saved them from a potentially costly issue. The story starts with the administrators learning that some of their systems had been infected with ransomware… I think you can see where this might be going. Well, after they picked themselves off of the floor and got over their disbelief (after all how could this possibly happen to them? This only happens to other people or in the movies right?), they began thinking and researching how they could resolve this issue without paying money that they did not budget (much less have) for these extortionists. In their research, they found that they needed to clean the systems and then somehow restore clean files that did not have the ransomware. At first they thought that this would be a lengthy and time consuming project, but then someone said “Why don’t we use that Live Recovery feature inside of Rapid Recovery?”.

Now for those of you who may not be familiar with the really cool and fascinating feature of Rapid Recovery, which is Live Recovery. Let me explain it to you (in techie talk of course).

** Begin Techie Talk** Live Recovery is a feature of restoring data in Rapid Recovery Core. If your protected machine experiences data failure of a non-system Windows volume, you can restore data from a recovery point on the Rapid Recovery Core. Selecting Live Recovery in the Restore Wizard allows users to immediately continue business operations with near-zero downtime. Live Recovery during restore gives you immediate access to data, even while Rapid Recovery continues to restore data in the background. This feature allows near-zero recovery-time, even if the restore involves terabytes of data.

Rapid Recovery Core uses unique block-based backup and recovery technology that allows full user access to target servers during the recovery process. Requested blocks are restored on-demand for seamless recovery.

Live Recovery applies to physical and virtual machines protected by Rapid Recovery Core, with the following exclusions:

  • Live Recovery is accessible to non-system Windows volumes. The C:\ drive and the system-reserved partition cannot be restored using Live Recovery.
  • Live Recovery is accessible to Windows-based volumes using the Rapid Recovery Agent. Agentless volumes or Linux volumes cannot take advantage of Live Recovery. This feature provides the fastest method of recovering large quantities of data with minimal downtime. Users can immediately continue business operations. Once you start Live Recovery, metadata (directory structure, security descriptors, NTFS file attributes, free space map, and so on) of the target volume is quickly restored on the protected machine. Thereafter, the volume and its contents become available to the system. The Rapid Recovery Agent begins restoring data blocks from the Rapid Recovery Core server, writing the blocks to the target volume. Now that you understand what Live Recovery is, I think you can see how this is beneficial.Now, as I said in the beginning, if I personify Rapid Recovery as Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, I can imagine The Rapid Recovery Core saying, “If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”
  • So. . . back to my story; the customer did indeed decide to use the Live Recovery feature after ensuring that their system was clean from ransomware. This enabled them not only to get their data back, but also enabled them to do so with a very minimal interruption in access to their data (downtime was around 10 minutes for the entire thing).
  • Requests for data that has not yet been restored are immediately answered, with the requesting program or system unaware that the blocks were just restored. **End Techie Talk**
  • Once Live Recovery begins, the restored volume and its contents become instantly available. Rapid Recovery Core continues to restore the data in the background, even though the volume, its data, applications and services are already back in production. If specific data is requested, the background process prioritizes the restoration of this data immediately. This powerful functionality allows even the most stringent service-level agreement to be met.
  • Live Recovery lets you instantly restore physical or virtual servers directly from the backup file. When a non-system volume is being restored, Rapid Recovery presents the volume metadata to the Operating System instantly, making that data available on demand. For example, if the database volume of Microsoft Exchange is corrupt, Live Recovery can restore the volume, database, and Exchange services in minutes.

Now maybe I am just crazy, or maybe, just maybe, Rapid Recovery has a shot in the movies. In any case I believe that you would only be ding yourself a service by looking at the Rapid Recovery product information as well as requesting a free 30 day trial found here .

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Mike D
Mike is a veteran of the United States Navy with over 23 years of IT experience ranging from server administration to storage administration. Mike specializes in backup and disaster recovery. Mike has...