Three Ways Your DR Falls Flat – Part III

By Zerto, on 21 May, 2012

This “Three Ways…” series of posts is by Steve Thomsen, Zerto’s Director of Central US Sales. Follow Steve on Twitter.

In our last post, “Three Ways Your Disaster Recovery Falls Short – Part II“, we discussed the ways DR complicates your day-to-day operations.  Today’s post, the third and final post of the series, addresses our final example of the ways in which your DR solution may fall flat – manual and complex failover.

Automating & Simplifying Failover

Failover and failback of applications, workloads, and especially full data centers is not trivial, to say the least. Process and expertise are critical. Without both you aren’t going far. Under normal circumstances, and without a real disaster at hand, testing failover is planned and the team is on the ready. But what happens when the uh-oh event strikes? What if the needed application, storage, or network person(s) is not available? Worse, what if it is a site level event? Now add in a regional event such as a hurricane, tornado, tsunami, earthquake, quarantine or worse something like 9/11. In those scenarios admins are probably thinking a whole lot more about their family than their employer.

Whatever solution is put in place should be manageable by more than one or two people who know and can complete all of the manual steps for failover and failback of the data center. And it better be reliable because you can’t always count on having all the required expertise all of the time. Plus, in a true disaster things will not go as planned, some or most required staff will not come into work, mistakes will be made, etc.

Now your business is in jeopardy.

Zerto provides a single pane of glass to manage failover of individual VMs, multi-tiered applications, a single data center/site, or even multiple data centers across multiple sites. This is all performed with an extremely high level of automation. Users of different levels and areas of expertise can confidently manage and perform failover at the VM, application, or even site level.

This is what virtualization is supposed to be about. It should be an on-demand environment with a high degree of agility that affords the organization a faster time-to-market. Zerto brings this concept to the realm of disaster recovery and data protection; or more properly, IT service continuity.

So let’s review the three ways your DR solution may be failing you:

Find a solution that is easily deployed, where testing is simple and does not impact your production environment and where failover is fully automated, and you, the IT manager tasked with the responsibility for disaster recovery & BC/ DR, will rest easy.

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