The Recovery Gap
Storage Switzerland’s latest webinar, now available on demand, discussed ways that IT professionals could create the “Always-on Data Center”. In that webinar we asked a polling question that had surprising results. Over 89% of the attendees could not recover from a major failure in less than 4 hours. In fact 33% of attendees could not recover in less than 8 hours! As Storage Switzerland reported last year, Veeam’s “Data Center Availability Report”, indicates that most users expect recovery in less than 2 hours. In other words there is a massive gap in what users expect and what IT is able to deliver.
Making Fast Recovery Affordable
Most IT professionals know that fast, near instant recovery is possible but most think the cost to achieve rapid recovery is beyond their budget. The reality is that fast recovery is more affordable than ever, but it takes the right infrastructure investments. First, IT professionals have to continue to push their environments closer and closer to 100% virtualization. Second, they need to leverage a robust virtualization aware replication and data protection solution that can integrate tightly with VMware or Hyper-V to provide incremental backups, which reduces the recovery point objective. Then they need rapid recovery to either warn virtual machines or backup hardware hosted data stores (recovery-in-place) to eliminate data transfer, reducing recovery time objectives. Third, they need data protection hardware that is well suited for this type of environment. It needs to be able to rapidly receive near continuous change block backups and be able to provide adequate performance when hosting VM data stores via instant recovery.
4 Hour Reality
An affordable sub-four hour recovery is absolutely achievable if these components are in place. Virtualization allows the movement of VMs between hosts in the event of a server hardware failure. Replication or recovery-in-place provides rapid recovery of VMs if there is data corruption or even a total storage system failure. With these improvements it is not uncommon to be able to recover a replicated VM in less than 15 minutes and to recover a “backed-up” VM in less than 30 minutes via the recovery-in-place technique.
The design of this data protection architecture is important and in our webinar we go through that design in detail. Click here to watch the webinar right now and learn how to bridge the recovery gap. The ability to deliver a sub-four hour recovery window to your application owners and users is just a click away.