How to Eliminate DRaaS Networking Pains
by Team Virtiant, on Mar 13, 2018 3:26:34 PM
Read Time: 4 minutes
As capacity and availability demands increase, the pressure to grow and architect a smarter virtualized infrastructure that will run uninterrupted through planned and unplanned IT downtime will be increasingly felt on a daily basis.
Are the networking challenges of utilizing Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) keeping you from achieving the production failover solution your IT infrastructure demands? If so, then let's take a look at three of the most significant networking related obstacles of DRaaS and how you can best position yourself to overcome them.
Eliminating Network Reconfiguration
If you’re like most IT shops these days, you spend significant man-hours ensuring the speed, safety, and security of your networks. This is challenging enough to maintain your primary data center site. You ideally don’t want to have to duplicate that effort to keep the network for your DR site in synch.
To effectively address this situation, you need consider decoupling your disaster recovery resources from your physical infrastructure. In other words, your networks must be more software defined.
The benefits here are two-fold. For your primary site, software-defined networks simplify the daily operational management of your network. Changes become more a matter of configuration as opposed to deployment. With the right DRaaS solution provider, your software-defined networks can be synchronized easily with your remote site. Not only does this eliminate many of the costs and headaches associated with repeatedly reconfiguring networks, it also prevents you from having to make TCP/IP changes to support failover.
Accessing Accurate Latent Replicas of Your Virtual Environment
Traditional methods of disaster recovery entailed the reloading of your production environment from the point in time backups from tape or disk. While this proved to be a reliable method of recovery, it resulted in downtime while the system was recovered in addition to the lost work from the point of the last backup up until the actual disruption to service.
With a well-designed DRaaS solution, your production environment will be regularly replicated to a recovery environment. Rather than relying on the end of business day backups, you will have access to accurate, latent replicas of your Virtual machines that will be ready to spin up at a moment’s notice in the event of an IT disruption to any point in time.
This has practical application in multiple scenarios. In addition to supporting your disaster recovery needs in the event of a large-scale natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flood, this replicated environment can support the following:
- DR testing
- Running individual VMs from backup after a failure
- Patching individual VMs without user disruption
- Hot migration back to your production site
The key benefit of being able to quickly access these latent replicas on demand is the minimization or complete elimination of end-user downtime. This is especially true in the event of everyday IT disruptions such as hardware failures and cyber-attack.
Reducing Latency While Maintaining Secure Connectivity
All of the above benefits of DRaaS lose much of their value if you are unable to overcome network latency issues between your primary site and your remote DR site. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the amount of time your data packets take to travel from point to point such as:
- Physical distance the packet has to travel
- Overhead associated with anti-virus or security software
- Bandwidth issues
- Router or switch problems
At the end of the day, it all boils down to speed and security of your network. Your best choice for efficient and secure connectivity between your primary production site and your DRaaS failover site is a secure L2 connection. Here you don’t need to change your internal infrastructure or IP address range. To send your encapsulated data securely over the Internet, unlike others. This provides you with a point to point connection that is dedicated and secure while facilitating an easy recovery.
Solve All These Issues with an All In One Solution
The best way to avoid any of these DRaaS networking pains is with an all in one platform from Virtiant. Their solution provides a production-ready infrastructure that is ready to spin up at a moment’s notice to run your business-critical applications.
With its secure L2 connection, this standalone solution runs alongside your production environment, providing continuous replication of your virtual machines. You will have quick and secure access to your applications, data, and VMs so you can run your production applications through any type of disruption.
Virtiant DRaaS Go remains in a constant state of readiness with a full suite of disaster recovery capabilities that are not reliant on third-party licenses or services. This all in one solution utilizes world-class data center facilities to provide you with the security and assuredness you need.
Visit Virtiant today to learn how you can make their DRaaS solution a part of your IT world.