SimpliVity Disaster Recovery
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Helps Disaster Recovery
If your company still lacks a viable disaster recovery strategy, it might be time to start thinking virtualization and hyperconverged infrastructure. Improving resource utilization and lowering costs through consolidation initially drove server virtualization adoption. However, adopters quickly realized that virtualization improves business continuity.
With server virtualization, decoupling operating systems, applications and data from specific physical assets eliminates the economic and operational issues of infrastructure silos—one of the key ingredients to affordable disaster recovery.
Reduce Risk with Disaster Recovery
Improving disaster recovery is a recurring top-ten IT priority since companies want to reduce the risk of losing access to systems and data. While most IT organizations have regular backup plans in place, fewer focus their efforts on true disaster recovery. Disasters include any event that interrupts service at the primary production location, including fires, floods, power failures, natural disasters, pandemics, terrorism or weather-related outages. It’s this type of unplanned downtime that disrupts IT’s ability to maintain business operations.
Disaster recovery is the ability to quickly and reliably recreate necessary systems at a second location. However, not everyone has a disaster recovery site, plan or technology. Disaster recovery is often absent due to lack of budget, lack of a second site, or a false belief that existing backup processes are adequate for disaster recovery. Since most companies can only withstand a few hours of downtime, any lack of preparedness will have consequences.
OmniCube Hyperconvergence in Disaster Recovery
With OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure and public cloud storage, there’s no excuse for not having disaster recovery in place. OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure combines server compute, storage, network switching, and virtualization software in a commodity x86 appliance, providing a highly-scalable data center building block.
Deploying multiple OmniCube systems forms a federation. OmniCube provides unified global management—across the global federation—from within vCenter. Deploying OmniCubes in two or more sites enables disaster recovery:
- OmniCube configured in an active-active scenario where a remote office acts as the recovery site for the production site and vice versa.
- OmniCube configured in an active-passive scenario where a corporate-owned or third-party hosting site acts as the recovery site, remaining dormant until needed.
- OmniCube configured to use public cloud storage to store backup copies of production site workloads.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure doesn’t stop at the building blocks. OmniCube delivers integrated data protection, and a data architecture that drives unparalleled data efficiency. Virtual machine-level backup polices automate virtual machine copies, following preferences for frequency, destination (local, remote site, or public cloud), and retention time. OmniCube eliminates the need for additional backup software, backup hardware, replication, backup deduplication, and cloud gateway solutions.
OmniCube’s Data Virtualization Platform deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes data written to production storage—at inception—and maintains it in its optimized state for the life of data.
Since data remains in a highly-optimized state, backup, recovery and replication of even large data sets occur rapidly and take up minimal storage capacity.
Leveraging public cloud storage is as easy as combining OmniCube and bandwidth with a subscription to a supported public cloud storage service, and modifying backup policies to direct a copy to a public cloud target.
Benefits of Disaster Recovery
Hyperconverged infrastructure and virtualization provide new opportunities for more cost-effective disaster recovery. Because server virtualization abstracts from the physical hardware layer, it eliminates the need for identical hardware configurations at production and recovery sites. Also, by consolidating multiple applications on a single physical server at the recovery data center, it reduces the amount of physical recovery infrastructure required.
Encapsulating the virtual machine into a single file enables mobility and allows multiple copies of the virtual machine to be created and more easily transferred within and between sites for business resilience and disaster recovery purposes. In a recovery situation, there is no need to re-assemble the operating system, re-set configuration settings and restore data. Activating a virtual machine image is a lot faster than starting from a bare metal recovery.
Disaster Recovery Now
If your company has been on the sidelines, crossing its collective fingers and hoping that a disaster never strikes, it might be time to investigate hyperconverged infrastructure. And if you have virtualization in place, you should have the basic elements for an effective and cost-efficient disaster recovery environment. It’s time to take the next steps.