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3 Ways your Disaster Recovery Plan is Set Up for Failure

by Team Virtiant, on Mar 23, 2018 7:55:26 AM

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Does it seem like your data is growing at exponential rates these days? Is this also impacting your ability to provide better solutions and reach new customers? The next generation of successful applications will be highly dependent on a company's ability to store and manage data.If you are part of the growing number of IT professionals that are faced with the challenge of managing data availability plans then here are things to look out for.

1. Are You Running With Multiple Points of Failure in your DR Site?

Protecting your critical production systems by allowing for multiple points of failure (MPOF) in your protected DR sites opens you up to vulnerabilities. Your disaster recovery cannot rely on any single component of your production system  to remain live. Through an independent and standalone DR solution, you can avoid multiple points of failure. When properly deployed, this approach will reduce cost and through the elimination of the need for additional licenses. Consider the following three aspects of your production environment:

  • Your Virtual Machines (VMs) - From a computing standpoint, should one of your application servers experience a disruption, then having an alternate application server available as a redundant backup will allow you to divert user traffic without a disruption of service.
  • Your Networks and Storage - Having alternate paths and redundant data stores will allow you to continue to run your environment uninterrupted. The unlikely event of a large-scale natural disaster may be small. Major occurrences such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes only account for about 5% of all IT downtime. While you need to be prepared for such events, it is actually the other 95% of IT disruptions that can occur on an everyday basis that exposes the need for the multiple points of failure approach. Whether it is a single server failure, faulty software patch or simple human error, the opportunity for complete loss of a portion of your environment exists every day.
  • Your risk of Cyber-Attack - The risks associated with cyber-attack such as ransomware only compounds the issue, supporting the need to account for multiple failure possibilities. Unfortunately, we live in an age where the intensity and creativity of malicious malware attacks increase daily, if not hourly. The list of companies that have suffered costly ransomware and malware attacks is long and non-discriminating. Cybercriminals will attack large and small IT departments alike. By adopting an MPOF approach to your production environment, then you withstand the onslaught of phishing scams and other malware assaults.

2. Is Your Current Backup at System Level?

Sure you are getting files and databases backed up if you are utilizing something like Symantec backup. However, you are only getting a portion of your entire production system with these backups. And you are most likely only getting scheduled periodic backups which would leave you with gaps in your data in the event of a disaster or service disruption. Your first challenge with this type of backup is that in order to fully recover your data you have to rebuild the system to reinstall your virtual machines . This cold migration approach will result in downtime which could become quite costly as you rebuild servers, reinstall applications and data as you reestablish your system to its recovery point.

3: Is Your Data Storage is Reaching Capacity?

The world of IT is experiencing a flood of data. With over 30 billion connected devices, including nearly 7 billion smartphones, PCs, and tablets, today’s data centers are simply not equipped to handle this explosive growth.

Regardless of the size of your particular IT environment, managing the growth of your data capacity in your DR site will quickly move to the forefront of the issues list. Not only do you have to manage the growth of your data storage but there is a need to be able to backup and restore this data quickly. All of this data management will must exist within an already constrained IT budget. In the modern age of virtualization, there are endless options of how and where to store your production and backup data. Whether you choose to handle capacity and growth completely on-premise, move it all to the cloud or a hybrid combination of both one challenge remains. Downtime is becoming increasingly expensive and must be given strong consideration in any Capacity Management and Disaster Recovery planning and solutions

The One Best Way to Resolve These Issues"

Whether your IT organization suffers from one or all three of these challenges, they can be easily solved with an all in one solution that fully meets your data availability needs. With Virtiant’s standalone data availability platform, you will have a software-defined, production-like environment that runs alongside but separate from your existing infrastructure. With built-in high availability and fault tolerance, you can be sure that your backup systems are safe from any disruption to your production environment.

Not only is there no single point of failure, with Virtiant’s hot failback capabilities you can continue to run your production environment with near-zero RTO. By connecting straight into your existing vCenter, Virtiant’s solution will pull snapshots of your primary production environment on a regular basis, providing you with system level backups of your pre-selected virtual machines from your production environment.

Virtiant can also grow as you do. With multiple, scalable deployment options, your Virtiant data availability platform can help you stay ahead of your growing data storage, backup and recovery needs. You can choose to keep everything in-house with an on-premise solution using budget-friendly commoditized infrastructure. You can also move your data availability solution off-site and enjoy all the scalability and flexibility that the cloud has to offer. Virtiant will even work closely with you to design a hybrid deployment solution that gives you the best of both worlds.

Now that you are ready to set your data availability plan up for success, let Virtiant give you the all in one, standalone platform your growing data demands

Topics:DataData BackupDisaster Recovery PlanIT DisruptionTechnologybusiness continuityDisaster RecoveryFailBusiness