Protecting Your Data: 3 Steps You MUST Take to Guarantee Disaster Recovery Success

Even though backups are widely accepted as critical, there is very little attention given to protecting data after the backup has been completed.

Do you move it offsite or keep it in a fireproof safe? Is sensitive data being stored safely? What happens if the tape is faulty on restore?

The answers to these questions are crucial to securing your data and giving you peace of mind in the knowledge that you can successfully recover your data in the aftermath of a disaster.

The industry-wide consensus is that for guaranteed disaster recovery success, organizations should always follow the 3-2-1 rule for data protection.

Quite simply, the 3-2-1 rule means keeping 3 copies of your data, storing 2 backup copies on different storage media, and 1 copy located offsite.

How Rapid Rebound’s 3-2-1 Approach Offers AS/400 Comprehensive Protection

While there is no shortage of backup and cloud solutions for x86 (Windows), TECA makes sure their AS/400 customers have access to the same kind of comprehensive protection.

With Rapid Rebound, TECA ensures protecting your data is as simple as possible. That’s why their VTL backup target integrates seamlessly with any power system to create the first backup copy.

The next step in the backup process not only provides a second backup copy, but an offsite copy as well. All backups performed to the VTL appliance are automatically compressed and replicated to one of TECA’s Data Centers.

While many might think a local backup copy as well as a 2nd copy located offsite seems like enough protection, in order to guarantee maximum protection, it’s time to look to the tape drive.

In addition to replicating your daily backup offsite, the VTL can offload that backup directly to a SAS or FC attached tape system. Leveraging existing tape hardware is an excellent way to achieve a 3rd backup copy, as well as creating a copy on a 2nd media format.

If you don’t have a tape drive, or you want to get away from dealing with tape entirely, TECA can provide the same protection by duplicating any replicated backups to physical tape at one of their Data Centers.

What really makes TECA’s 3-2-1 approach for the AS/400 stand out is how they integrate backups with their Recovery process.

In the event of a disaster, any backups that have been replicated to their Data Center can be restored to an AS/400 partition and made accessible in the cloud. Depending on your need, a recovery service can be tailored for near real time, sub 12-hour, or sub 24-hour recovery.

In this way, TECA Data Safe’s Rapid Rebound makes certain your business recovers faster after a disaster.

Questions about TECA’s Disaster Recovery Services? The expert TECA technology team are happy to help. Contact us today.


You have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place, but do you update it regularly? Have you tested your systems recently? Do you have a realistic sense of the cost of downtime to your organization? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, your DR Plan may be giving you a false sense of security.

Get your free copy of our informative white paper, Ten Key Steps to Surviving & Succeeding After an IT Disaster today and feel secure in the knowledge that if a disaster occurs, your business will recover. Questions?  Contact Us today to find out how TECA Data Safe can help you.

True or False?

Speaking of disasters, winter is the perfect time to stream your favorite movie. True or false:

  1. “Deep Impact” is about a deep-dish pizza delivered to the wrong address and the dramatic fallout that results.
  2. “World War Z” follows the adventures of a UN Investigator racing against time to find a cure for a world-wide pandemic that’s turning people into zombies.
  3. “A Perfect Storm” profiles the hijinks of a particularly giddy meteorologist.