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A 5 Step Guide to IT Resiliency for your Virtualized Infrastructure

by Team Virtiant, on Jan 16, 2018 4:24:51 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.

For IT professionals, readiness for data growth while supporting escalated customer experience initiatives has taken the forefront in guiding the relationship between IT and business leaders today. Navigating the strategic course set by leadership when data and applications, budget and solutions are continually changing makes it all the more difficult to evaluate next steps. This article shares five steps to help guide your next actions in IT resiliency without skipping a beat.

Step 1: Focus On Having The Ability To Run Your Infrastructure Through An IT Disruption

Understand the difference between the three types of methodologies in solution development: backup, disaster recovery and IT resiliency.

Because IT resiliency is focused on continuous data availability downtime is inherently limited due to the proactive and preventative measures taken. When your approach is to solve for data availability you have aligned your path to execution more closely with business.   When data recovery software is focused on having the ability to RUN your infrastructure through an IT disruption, then your downtime is virtually eliminated (pun intended).

So how can you implement IT resiliency for your virtualized infrastructure? There are many data virtualization strategies that companies use today, but each needs an effective data recovery solution to allow you to have a plan to prevent interruptions during an IT disaster.

Step 2: Don’t Fall Into The Data Availability Trap

When you need a solid disaster recovery solution for your virtualized infrastructure, there are many different options and IT vendors to choose from, for many people, it seems like an impossible task to select the right one since each solution has its benefits and flaws. This is when you should consider the data availability trap and you’ll be able to quickly narrow down your options.

The data availability trap is when an IT vendor promises a certain recovery time, but they are referring to is technical RTO. For example, if the vendor tells you their solution will allow data to be available within 15 minutes, you need to be sure that timeframe includes data usability, rather than just availability. They may be able to retrieve the data in that timeframe, but getting the data and applications for your end users to access could take much longer.

This process is typical with offsite backup solutions, such as a remote physical location or a cloud location. The issue with some of these solutions is it takes time to transfer data over to your infrastructure, over the internet and there’s nothing you can do but wait.

Working with an IT vendor that is transparent with timing considerations and not trying to convince you to take their data availability trap is essential for you to maintain IT resiliency. This entire process is known as the Recovery Time Objective, which is the next step to achieving IT resiliency

Step 3: Know The Difference Between Technical RTO and Real RTO

When you hear about a Recovery Time Objective (RTO), it’s important to understand there is a distinction between Technical RTO and Real RTO. Most IT vendors will commonly use Technical RTO as their measurement, simply because it highlights the lowest possible of amount of time it takes to recover using their solution

Technical RTO is defined as the time it takes for data to be available, but not necessarily usable. For instance, you may be able to view your files after a disruptive IT event, but there still needs to be some issues worked out in the background before they can be used by your end users. The problem with this is having the data “available” doesn’t do any good unless they are usable. So when you hear the term RTO being used, you need to dig a little deeper to understand what your real RTO would be. Real RTO is what every organization should want to know about. This is the time in which it takes for virtual machines to be completely available and usable. When you think of continuous data availability, your Real RTO should be as minimal as possible. With the right data recovery solution in place, you can not only have virtual-machine available quickly but also be able to RUN your infrastructure during an IT disaster.

Step 4: Stay Up To Speed

Many companies aren’t even aware of the possibilities of being able to RUN your virtual infrastructure right in the middle of an IT disaster. Having downtime that lasts for days while the IT issues get resolved sets companies back by the unplanned time spent by your workforce, revenue lost and reputation damaged. However, with the right data recovery software, this doesn’t have to be the norm.

A local DR, cloud Dr or hybrid solution can give you immediate access to your files so work doesn’t have to be interrupted at all. Using a solution that backs up files instantly when a change is made will allow you to always be current and pick up right where you left off without interruption.

No matter what your role is in an organization, you need data availability at all times. You could be an employee, manager, owner or even a customer. Data and information need to be available 24/7/365 in order for your business to be able to run efficiently and effectively. But what happens if an everyday IT disaster strikes?

An IT disaster can come in many forms. While most people think only malicious malware and viruses cause major IT issues, even simple things like hardware failure, an incorrectly applied software patch or update or even an innocent human error could result in an IT disaster.

Overcoming these everyday IT disruptions starts with having a disaster recovery plan in place, supported by the best data recovery software implemented. Every organization has to have uninterrupted servers in order for employees to do their jobs efficiently and provide the best service to customers. When an everyday IT disaster strikes, downtime is usually inevitable. The question is when in the day and for how long.

Having data recovery software that will allow you to run your infrastructure while the IT issues get worked out is critical for business efficiency and IT resiliency. Your downtime will be held to a minimum and business can continue to operate as normal.

Step 5: Use A Ready Five IT Resiliency Methodology

What if a disaster recovery system allowed you to have a standalone solution from your primary environment, with the option to remain on-premise or in the cloud? This is the best of both worlds when it comes to IT resiliency since your Real RTO will be timely and achieved within a matter of minutes. This type of software can help you achieve a Ready Five methodology with your processes.

A Ready Five methodology has many different benefits, including:

  • The ability to run interrupted - Access data and applications before, during and after experiencing an everyday IT disruption.
  • Removing additional VMware licensing costs - A built-in hypervisor eliminates the need to purchase additional VMware license required to run your backup and disaster recovery environment.
  • Having flexibility with scalable architecture - With a hyperconverged base layer that provides the ability to scale out and scale up
  • An all-in-one standalone solution to improve IT resilience - Reduce the number of solution providers for your IT resilience and recovery needs to one.

Having a data availability solution that allows you to run your organization without interruptions is vital for businesses to thrive today. The ability to access applications and data before, during and after an IT disaster seamlessly is possible with the right disaster recovery solution in place.

Keeping costs and scalability in consideration are also key parts of the Ready Five methodology. With a built-in hypervisor to your data recovery software, you won’t need to purchase additional VMware licensing to operate your disaster recovery system. And with the ability to scale performance and capacity of backup storage data, you’ll be able to easily scale up and scale out at any time

How Virtiant Works

Virtiant offers a standalone disaster recovery software companies need to achieve IT resiliency and have an effective Plan B. When you consider the five steps to IT resiliency, each of the steps can be achieved by implementing the Virtiant software defined disaster recovery solution. With a heavy emphasis placed on continuous improvement and data availability, Virtiant is your number one option for being able to RUN your infrastructure through an IT disaster without interruptions either locally or in the cloud.

The benefits of having an SDDR are unmatched. When you consider the scalability, reliability, immediacy, minimal Real RTO and other factors, the convenience of having your software DR locally or in the cloud or both have virtually no comparison.

An IT disaster can strike any company at any given time. The difference between companies that sink or swim during the disaster comes down to the disaster recovery solution they have in place and the software they’re using. Before an IT disaster or disruption strikes your company, contact Virtiant to see how our standalone all-in-one solution can be tailored to your organization and create IT resiliency for your better Plan B virtualized infrastructure goal.

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