Disaster Recovery

Unexpected IT outages and loss of data due to natural or human-initiated disasters can unleash a procession of direct and indirect consequences, with both short-term and far-reaching consequences.  Such disasters can result in the loss of millions of dollars, financial and legal penalties for failing to comply with data availability requirements, and even the loss of one’s business.  Therefore, all businesses today understand the need for Disaster Recovery Plans (DRPs) to ensure minimal business disruption in the event of a disaster. At DataXstream we understand the need for such plans and can deliver innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions that  tap into our deep understanding of virtual infrastructure and take advantage of the inherent disaster recovery capabilities of VMware.

Disaster Recovery Solutions that Work

DataXstream provides services to plan and implement comprehensive architectural design for your Disaster Recovery solutions that address your unique requirements and utilize inherent features and tools of a virtualized infrastructure.   To ensure the successful extension of the benefits of VMware virtualization to your Disaster Recovery plan, we also take into account and provide solutions for VMware Site Recovery Manager architectural design, including issues such as networking and storage architecture, and knowledge transfer.   DataXstream enables you to accelerate your disaster recovery planning, eliminate risks through experience and industry best practices, and implement proven, streamlined, and effective disaster recovery solutions.

Why Virtualization Leads to Better Disaster Recovery

Downtime, no matter what the cause, impacts more than daily interactions. It effects the integrity of databases and the applications that use them. For example, a disaster recovery strategy that relies on nightly tape backups risks a whole day’s worth of data being lost should an unplanned event cause IT systems to crash a few hours or even minutes before a backup process kicks off.  A better disaster recovery strategy is needed.

According to Gartner, “Business continuity and disaster recovery managers can use virtualization to reduce hardware costs, improve testing flexibility, reduce the impact of hardware differences and better deliver successful plans.” For more information from Gartner: Business Continuity Management Key Initiative Overview.

With virtualization, an entire server – hardware configuration, firmware settings, OS installation and configuration, applications, and data – is stored as just a few files on a disk.  That means that whatever you do to protect your files can be done to protect a virtual machine.  Implications for disaster recovery include:

  • Simplified Backup and Replication,
  • Accelerated Provisioning,
  • Hardware Independence,
  • Reduced Infrastructure Requirements, and
  • Simplified DR Process, and Advanced DR Management and Automation.