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Remote Office Backup

Fast and cost-efficient system recovery and replication for remote locations.


Provide remote site flexibility and autonomy in the event of a disaster.

Customer Challenge:​

Centralization of IT resources offers benefits, but it can also present single points of failure. The retail sector is typified by having multiple physical outlets which may rely on a central resource for system recovery and inventory control. Many high-profile cyber-attacks have rendered retail outlets unable to process transactions when point of sale terminals have been reliant on a central resource. In addition, the recovery of multiple remote outlets from a central point, which may number into the thousands, can create processing and network bottlenecks impacting recovery times. To mitigate these factors, the organization required a cost-effective solution that would provide retail outlets with local recovery capabilities to maintain business operations in the event of a centralized cyber-attack. The solution would need to provide native data security and the flexibility to support local and centralized recovery options.

Cristie Solution:​

Each remote location was equipped with a mini-PC running a lightweight hypervisor supporting Cristie CloneManager and Cristie Virtual Appliance (VA) software. To minimize the required compute resources at each location CloneManager offline replication was used which periodically writes replicas of running physical machines directly to system image files stored on a local S3-based storage device. Local storage provides the fastest possible recovery time for physical to physical (P2P) machine recovery in the event of a failure. S3 Object Lock was enabled for stored images providing a write-once-read-many (WORM) model. S3 Object Lock can prevent data from being deleted or overwritten for a fixed amount of time, or indefinitely, providing add an extra layer of protection against ransomware or accidental deletion. 

Using offline replication was sufficient to meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) for remote locations, while the reduction in compute resources offers significant cost savings. The solution provides the flexibility to use cloud based S3 storage if required. In addition, VA clustering was enabled providing a mirrored VA instance at the central site that could be used to recover remote locations if the local VA instance was compromised. Cristie Recovery software was also deployed at each location to undertake a full weekly backup to the central data center. Each retail outlet can restore business services quickly if required without dependence on a central resource, however, the implementation provides full recovery flexibility and redundancy.

Customer Profile: Grocery wholesaling group with multiple retail outlets

A wholesale and retail business responsible for the total flow of goods from manufacturer to market covering segments including grocery retail, industrial household, and convenient stores. The organization engages with over 1200 business partners, 1000 independent retailers and upwards of 41,000 direct and associated staff members. With over 1800 grocery stores plus 900 additional supported points of sale (POS), it was determined that all remote locations should have operational autonomy with fast and secure local backup & recovery capabilities to maintain business operations in the event of any centralized outage or cyber-attack.

Retail POS

Cristie Software Benefits

  • Replicate Remote Offices Directly to S3 Cloud.

    Cristie Recovery & Replication offers a solution for remote and branch offices to replicate systems directly to S3 storage locally or in the cloud.

  • Reduce Costs with Offline Replication to Bootable Image Files.

    Offline replication can be deployed to remove the costs and overhead of maintaining live failover systems in the cloud. Offline replication maintains synchronized copies of the remote or branch office infrastructure in virtual machine disk files which can be booted within the target environment in the event of a local failure or other disaster scenario.

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Directly replicate to S3 Cloud or optimize expenses with offline bootable image replication. Ensure your branch offices are always protected, efficiently and cost-effectively. Reach out to dive deeper into our Advanced Recovery Solutions!

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