Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning are key to data integrity in an enterprise. In other words, if an enterprise is not well-prepared for the worst, then that’s just what they might get. But despite this notion being a fact, there is a generalized viewpoint where CIOs often ignore and undercut the importance of disaster recovery. At the same time they also fail to understand how technology failures can affect their companies.
In a recent survey conducted by SunGuard availability services, 40% of IT executives identified business continuity and disaster recovery planning as very important or crucial to business success. Rest of them were either not aware of what they could face if they ignore the said two services or were finding it tough to surpass the financial constraints for deploying a DR solution in their premises.
Now, for those who think that deployment of Disaster Recovery service for business continuity is almost impossible, here’s a solution from StoneFly, Inc.
StoneFly DR365 offers a total backup solution for all of your physical, virtual server and workstation needs via a single box. The user can manage all of the backup operations required for a datacenter or office from this single central management console. These appliances are highly-available, integrated, modular infrastructures, and are also highly scalable.
Each of DR365 node is capable of offering few terabytes of capacity and can scale upto to 1.5 Petabytes of backup and storage needed for business. Every node is loaded with a combination of SATA, SAS and SSD storage tiers as required, to achieve high-level performance needed for your requirements.
This backup engine automatically creates backup images of physical servers based on flexible user-defined policy. These images can then be restored to the same hardware, to dissimilar hardware to build a new server, or can be mounted as a drive to retrieve an earlier copy of a specific file or folder.
With StoneFly DR365, every backup is automatically converted into a virtual machine. These virtual machines can then be quickly spun up and hosted on DR365 appliance. This feature is quite useful for business continuity in production environments if a physical server or a workstation goes down and the need arises to repair it. Replica virtual machine can serve the purpose of storage, till the workstation is brought back to life.
The highlight of DR365 is that it offers:
- Delta based snapshots – Virtual machines installed on the Stonefly Dr365 along with their hyper-converged storage are protected by StoneFly’s advanced delta based snapshot technology, which allows the user to recover a Virtual Machine, file or volume from up to 63 points in time. This is in addition to the full, incremental or differential backup images created by the Backup Management Engine. Thus, with the help of the delta- based snapshot feature, users can easily restore files that have been accidentally deleted, incorrectly modified, corrupted, or infected by a virus. Snapshot volumes are fully mountable and have read and write capability which can also be availed if needed. With the availability of optional VSS agents, one can be assured that their database is properly quiesced for accurate snapshots.
- Synchronous Replication (Campus Mirroring) – With StoneFly’s real-time synchronous mirroring feature your virtual machines, backups, and iSCSI storage can be replicated to a secondary DR365 appliance on your premises over the Local Area Network. This allows having a full and identical copy of everything on your primary DR365. Delta-based snapshots on the secondary appliance maintain point in time recovery.
- In order to ensure that recovery measures are fully effective, you can easily spin up replica Virtual Machines on the mirror appliance for DR testing or compliance.
- The secondary DR365 appliance not only allows you to do everything that you could already do on the primary appliance, but also allows you to spin up one or all of your VMs on the mirror appliance in the event that a VM on the primary appliance has failed or if the entire primary appliance is down. When the primary appliance is repaired, a bare metal recovery of the primary appliance can be performed from the secondary appliance to restore the mirror.
- Asynchronous Replication – In order to go for complete business continuity and disaster recovery, StoneFly DR365 offers Asynchronous replication to a remote site or to the cloud. This allows your virtual machines, backups and data to be stored and protected off-site in case of disaster at the local site. As with the mirror appliance, the user can spin up a virtual machine; replicate data back to the primary DR365 or perform bare metal recovery on replacements of the destroyed appliances.
- Offsite Vaulting – the DR365 can be configured to automatically replicate backups to additional locations which include tapes or portable hard drives in order to avail additional level of disaster recovery. Those tapes or external hard drives can then be transported off to the premise which is safe. If in case a catastrophe strikes, those offsite backups can then be used to restore your data on a new machine.
To know more click on StoneFly DR365 or call 510.265.1616.