How to Beat Your RPO and RTO without Recovery – Quest Briefing Note

Meeting strict RPOs and RTOs requires that data protection solutions provide IT administrators better monitoring and analytics, in addition to more frequent copies. Backup, snapshot and replication are reactive solutions, that IT rightly counts on to make sure they can quickly recover from a disruption in service. But the best outage is the one that never occurs, monitoring and analytics may give the insight so that a problem never escalates into an outage.

Monitoring Tools Fall Short

Tools that monitor servers, applications and network have been around for a while. Recently we’ve seen the addition of end-to-end hypervisor and cloud monitor capabilities that can dig below the server and monitor the virtual machine. But few of these tools integrate with the data protection process. Without that capability these tools can do little to prevent or protect the organization from a pending problem.

Another challenge with monitoring tools is that most environments are only using the utilities that come with the hypervisor. Generally, these utilities either provide too much information or don’t provide an end-to-end view of what is happening. Third party tools tend to be expensive and outside of IT’s budget.

Integrating Monitoring, Analysis and Data Protection

The lack of proper monitoring and analysis leads to increased investment in data protection, so when there is a failure IT can recover quickly. But, they always have to recover. And they are constantly throwing more hardware at the problem.

A more ideal solution is to integrate Hyper-V, VMware and cloud (Azure and AWS) monitoring with the data protection process. With an integration like this the IT professional can potentially eliminate problems before a recovery is required or if they see a impending problem initiate extra data protection captures.

Introducing Quest VROOM

VROOM combines virtualization management and data protection solution into a single interface. From a virtualization monitoring and management perspective VROOM lets IT professionals make sure the resources (hardware and software) their virtual or cloud environments consume are optimized for maximum return on investment (ROI).

A challenge with resource maximization is resource overrun, VROOM can calculate current workload capacity, identify shortfalls and analyze alternative scenarios. IT professionals can also use it to predict the impact of additional virtualized workloads. VROOM will identify the best server to host new virtual machines as well as forecast exhaustion of resources.

Of course monitoring and management can only do so much. At some point recovery may be needed. From a data protection perspective, VROOM can take an incremental forever snapshot of a VM as often as every five minutes. Those snapshots are read/writable and can be converted into a live VM almost instantly. VROOM also has a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) capability. In addition, the solution has the ability to have a virtual standby capability by replicating updates to Microsoft Azure.

StorageSwiss Take

Data protection is inherently a reactive process. When something goes wrong, the clock starts and it is a race to see how quickly recovery can occur. The best scenario is to never start the clock by monitoring resources and predicting upcoming failure. But if the clock starts then having a live copy that is only five minutes away will enable IT professionals to win the race. VROOM provides all of these capabilities and is certainly worth considering.

Eleven years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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