Some like it hot, as in a “hot site” for business continuity in the cloud. Axcient’s newly announced Cloud Continuity makes the idea of a hot site a reality for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).

The power of this offering is in its simplicity: Just point, click, and virtualize an entire office in the Axcient cloud. The complexities of activating server images, configuring a virtual network, and establishing remote access for users are all taken care of behind the scenes.Here’s how it works:

1. Login & Access

Cloud Continuity is accessible via the familiar Remote Management Console (RMC), which is Axcient’s Internet-accessible portal for remotely managing Axcient appliances. Access to the cloud virtualization capabilities is controlled by an entitlement setting. So, if you’ve already been using an Axcient appliance to back up server images to the cloud, simply upgrade your entitlement to begin using the service.

2. Backup & Test

Servers to be virtualized are first backed up and synchronized off site using the normal backup mechanisms on the Axcient appliance. Existing image backups are eligible to participate in Cloud Continuity, so there’s no need to create new or separate backup jobs.

Since it’s generally a good idea to periodically test for disaster preparedness, a test mode is provided to ensure everything works as expected. Server restore points may be selected and launched within a fenced off environment so as not to interfere with onsite production servers.

3. Site Outage & Failover

If a site outage occurs, you can rapidly activate the virtual office. Just log into the RMC and launch the servers.

With the virtual office online, you can customize network settings as needed, such as enabling external IP addresses and mapping ports. You can also enable client access through the built in VPN. Everything is done through the internet-accessible UI, so you’re in complete control.

4. Business Continuity

Users work remotely with the virtual office as they would the original physical office. Meanwhile, all changes to the running servers are retained for future failback.

Additionally, servers running in the cloud are automatically protected by a virtual Axcient appliance in the background.

5. Failback

When ready to fail back, Axcient will reconstitute and ship a new appliance, including all changes accrued while running in the cloud.

When the appliance is activated, any remaining changes are automatically synched back from the cloud. At that point, you can perform a bare metal restore or light up the servers on the appliance and resume local operations.

A comprehensive Beta program was run prior to the launch of Axcient Cloud Continuity, which provided invaluable feedback and validation. Thanks to all the partners and customers who participated and helped make Cloud Continuity a compelling and high quality product!

tscallan