Beating Natural Disasters with Cloud-based DR

 

Disaster recovery is essential to safeguard critical applications against economically damaging outages caused by cyber attacks, malware and human error. Even nature can be unpredictable and catastrophic as we’ve seen recently with Hurricanes Harvey and Irene. High availability solutions are a start toward preventing local outages, but wide area disaster recovery is essential in case of site wide outages caused by earthquakes, flooding, fires and hurricanes. While creating your own disaster recovery data center is expensive, a cloud-based disaster recovery approach can have tremendous CAPEX savings such as Microsoft Azure. But either way it's essential to ensure that operating expenses (OPEX) don’t suddenly skyrocket. 

Most organizations commonly employ application or workload resiliency measures to maintainCloudMobility_VOX_Blog.jpg business and application continuity. In your business you could be managing resiliency operations across a hybrid cloud architecture where your resiliency personnel are not only managing legacy applications in on-premises data centers, but also managing resiliency across new cloud architectures. This requires additional training. Additionally, using multiple tools across different sub-environments can lead to fragmentation, causing visibility issues and management issues that increase risk of extended downtime – never a good thing. Another key aspect many organizations fail to consider is whether they have a reliable way to test their disaster recovery strategy. Unfortunately, some still rely on an inefficient, all-hands-on-deck manual approach and weekend testing, which can be very costly in time and efforts- and not work when your disaster recovery plan needs to but put into action.

Despite today’s often-complex application infrastructures, it’s possible to ensure predictable resiliency for your business applications across Microsfot Azure and multi-cloud architectures. To do so, your business likely requires:

  • A unified, automated approach that takes into account resiliency for applications across all locations, including the cloud
  • The ability to proactively test and re-test your migration strategy and disaster recovery preparedness easily whenever required, without disrupting normal business operations
  • The flexibility to move your business applications to any target location, including the ability to migrate or failback applications from the cloud to on-premises at a moment’s notice Veritas takes a unified approach to simplify business resiliency. The direct integration between Veritas Resiliency Platform and Azure lets you seamlessly extend your existing business architectures to the public cloud and ensure maximum uptime by moving business workloads seamlessly between on-premises and the cloud according to business needs.

Resiliency Platform from Veritas offers fully automated and orchestrated failover and failback for your workloads to and from Microsoft Azure as part of a wide-area disaster recovery strategy. You can use this approach for either temporary or permanent consumption of Azure infrastructure. Because Resiliency Platform integrates directly with Azure Managed Disk, recovery of assets to Azure is quicker, especially for IO-intensive applications. Other products that integrate with Unmanaged Disk storage alone need to convert from Unmanaged Disk to Managed Disk. Resiliency Platform also automates migration and recovery testing, so you can test or rehearse all recovery operations before runtime via non-disruptive rehearsal procedures that include automated cleanup. This capability allows you to dramatically increase your disaster recovery readiness and lower both the risk and impact of unplanned downtime.

Learn more about Veritas Resiliency Platform and Microsoft Azure here. If you’re headed to Orlando in a few weeks for the Microsoft Ignite Conference, stop by the Veritas Booth to watch Resiliency Platform in action and speak with our resiliency experts.