It’s no secret that rapid recovery is a non-negotiable business requirement today. Very few applications can stand even moments of downtime, never mind hours. However, getting there requires multiple steps that are not always immediately clear.
The first step to facilitating rapid recovery is booting your backup images as virtual machines (VMs) as quickly as possible for fast recovery of files, folders and systems.
Data should be recoverable directly on the primary storage infrastructure, to avoid the performance penalty resulting from the need to migrate VMs between infrastructures. Additionally, recovery should be flexible and hardware-independent, with the option to recover to dissimilar hardware or virtual environments, for fast failover. This is especially important in the event of a hardware outage, because an identical system might not be available to recover to, and also because you might need to migrate to a VM.
The ability to recover to a cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solution is also important to maximizing business continuity. Cloud resources are elastic and may be spun up on demand. Processes may even be pre-staged, so that failover can execute more quickly. Pre-staging creates the opportunity to orchestrate an entire, site-wide failover that can be executed with a simple click of a button. The cloud also offers the ability for a self-service portal, so that users may restore operations without the involvement of IT.
Whether on-premises or in the cloud, single-pane-of-glass management is important because it can create SLA-driven data protection workflows. Not only does a workflow approach enable disaster recovery processes to execute more quickly, but they also increase the consistency and accuracy of data protection workflows at scale.
Planning a path for migration back to the production storage infrastructure is equally as important as fast failover, and as production currently in the failover state. Failback can be equally as time-consuming as failover if not executed correctly, and as such it can result in additional system downtime. Additionally, the disaster recovery site might not be equipped for sustaining production workloads for a longer period of time, which further risks business continuity. Failback processes should be carefully tested and documented, so that the organization can be prepared.
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