What is a disaster recovery appliance and how does it offer data continuity?

Disaster Recovery (DR) in storage sense is nothing but to have a quick and easily accessible copy of data in question. A disaster recovery appliance, takes this concept a step further by adding processing ability to the data. In general, a backup simply means an additional copy of data, for achieving data continuity with the help of data redundancy.

Almost a decade ago, tape libraries were used as backup media for disaster recovery purposes. But from the year 2007, disk based recovery appliances have taken the storage market, as the access rates of these data backup appliances are far more better than their tape media cousins.

A disaster recovery appliance usually includes the necessary infrastructure to process data quickly. The hardware and applications that process the data are available and are ready to process. This architecture tries to eliminate the need to build an environment while in a recovery scenario, as this can be time-consuming and can result in errors.

Disaster Recovery appliances are often found in virtual environments today as it allows the user to combine many applications or servers on a single physical server so that each application functions independently, but are actually on a single server. On an additional note, in virtual environments, the user can have applications that usually operate on different hardware platforms. This offers huge savings in dollars and time when setting up a DR environment.

StoneFly, Inc is one such vendor which offers a total backup solution for all physical and virtual server and workstation needs through a single box. Enterprises can manage all their backup operations for datacenter or officer through a single central management console.

Each StoneFly DR365 appliance node can provide anywhere from few terabytes all of the way up to 1.5 Petabytes of backup and storage capacity for your business. Every node can accommodate any combination of SATA, SAS, and SSD storage tiers as required, achieving the performance needed for your requirements.

DR365 appliances are available in integrated, high-availability modular, or scale out high-availability modular configurations. An embedded hypervisor allows backed up VMs and new user-creates VMs to be spun up directly on the DR365 appliance.

The storage controller and backup controller provide a large range of features and functionality for backup, data management, high availability and mobility.

The backup engine automatically creates backup images of physical servers based on flexible user-defined policy. These images can 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, folder ….etc.

StoneFly backup and disaster recovery appliance (DR365) converts every backup automatically into a virtual machine. These virtual machines can be quickly spun up and hosted on the DR365 appliance. This feature will prove quite useful for business continuity for an enterprise production environment if a physical server or workstation goes down and needs to be repaired. Replica Virtual machines can be used for any testing based on the user’s choice, which includes non-invasive compliance testing.

StoneFly DR365 also includes delta-based snapshots with R-W snapshot volumes, virtual machine and volume backups, thin-provisioning, one-pane management, SSL-Encryption, level 1 data-deduplication at the source, compression and much more.

DR 365 of StoneFly can be used as independent backend enterprise storage for an enterprise physical and virtual machines. Moreover, this storage engine can be configured to replicate to a second DR365 appliance on campus and a DR365 appliance at a remote-site or in the cloud for the ultimate disaster recovery solution for your entire enterprise.

To know more call 510.265.1616 or visit StoneFly DR365-Disaster Recovery Site in a Box.

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