Design for Uptime: Keep Healthcare Applications Protected

By Shannon Snowden, Zerto’s Sr. Technical Marketing Architect

Healthcare data is among some of the most critical data that IT has to protect. Many healthcare organizations aren’t as prepared as they should be if a disaster were to strike. Recovery times that are measured in many hours or even days is simply unacceptable with the data protection solutions available today. For virtual machine protection, Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is the standard in DR for healthcare.

ZVR is the solution that can transform your substandard data protection solution into a dynamic, easy to manage solution that keeps the caregivers focused on providing healthcare, not working with antiquated workarounds like paper tracking during the downtime.

Some key enabling facts about Zerto Virtual Replication:

  • Zerto is hardware agnostic, so you can use completely different storage and servers, but achieve remarkably aggressive recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). Typical RPOs are measured in seconds and typical RTOs are measured in minutes
  • Zerto has a 5-day point in time journal. You can recover at any point, as granular as a few seconds
  • ZVR allows for completely non-disruptive testing. You can test in the middle of the day and perfect the failover steps such as boot order, re-IP addressing, pre-failover and post-failover scripts.
  • Zerto protects VMs in affinity groups called Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Coupled with the non-disruptive testing, this enables you to failover one application or the entire site by simply pushing a button.

What can Zerto Virtual Replication do for your healthcare organization? Here are a couple of ideas:

Bi-Directional DR for Paired Partner Sites

For organizations with multiple physical sites, ZVR allows them to be connected and each site can become the DR target for a primary site. ZVR supports bi-directional replication so each site can act as the partner’s recovery site.


Hub and Spoke DR Deployment

In this configuration, there is a primary data center that acts as the recovery site for every other site. This usually is the configuration for healthcare organizations that have many satellite or branch facilities connected to a primary data center. Each satellite location could also serve as a DR site for the hub site as well.



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