Believing in the Always-On Data Center
One of the topics in our on demand webinar, “Making The Always-On Data Center A Reality”, is overcoming the roadblocks to the Always-On Data Center. In this webinar experts from Storage Switzerland, Veeam and ExaGrid help you overcome roadblocks like cost, complexity and scalability. But the biggest roadblock is believing that your data center, no matter what size, can deliver always-on functionality.
What is the Always-On Data Center?
The Always-On Data Center is one where applications are returned to operation quickly no matter the type of disaster. Meeting strict recovery point objectives (RPO) requires that data protection copies be made frequently. Meeting strict recovery time objectives (RTO) means that data has to be operated on directly from the protected copy. The time it takes to copy protected data back to production storage will often violate strict RPOs/RTOs, especially if the storage system is the cause of the outage.
As we discussed our column, “Situational Disaster Recovery”, different applications will have different RPOs and RTOs. The type of failure, application or data corruption, server hardware failure, network failure or storage system failure, will also impact what part of the data protection process you recover from and how long that will take. Each of these scenarios needs to be documented. In the webinar we will discuss how to cost effectively meet RPO/RTOs of less than an hour, and even less than 20 minutes, regardless of failure type. The goal of an Always-On Data Center should be to use the right recovery method at the right time.
Seeing is Believing
In the webinar we provide real-world designs that leverage virtualization, replication, changed block tracking (CBT) and recovery-in-place techniques to meet these very aggressive RPO and RTOs. We’ll also relay real-world examples of how IT professionals like you have meet the strictest of these objectives without breaking the bank and without adding so much complexity that dedicated personnel are needed to manage the process.