No One Is Immune. Because Downtime is Inevitable. So, what are you going to do about it?
Data is one of your most valuable assets.
Whether it be compromised due to natural disaster, human error, or network breaches, the consequent downtime and loss of corporate data can be crippling to your organization. And with the growing threat of botnet attacks and ransomware, it is no longer a question of if—it’s a matter of when your systems will fail.
So, what do you do when the unavoidable happens?
Disaster Recovery (DR) acts much like a “digital insurance policy” that mitigates downtime and facilitates the restoration of mission-critical functions. This network failover grants you and your team crucial buffer time to troubleshoot and repair without suffering the financial ramifications of extended downtime. Here’s how it works.
Disaster Recovery relies on network redundancy to provide companies with temporary solutions during downtime:
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the most recent, recoverable instance of your IT systems and applications that can be recovered (i.e. the last recoverable backup). As a result, RPO also measures the amount of data that has been lost, from the last recovery instance to the time of the disaster.
Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the time it takes to fully recover your data and applications and get your networks back to capacity.
Depending on the RPO, when a network interruption or failure occurs at your production site, a VM-level replication of the most recently captured instance will automatically be spun up from the DR site to restore mission-critical functions. The smaller the RPO, the less data (and money) you lose.
However, Disaster Recovery is more than a network backup—it is synchronous replication of your digital assets. Traditionally, backups are stored for long periods of time for compliance and auditing purposes; they are inefficient and time-consuming if relied on for system restores or redundancy as they are often only conducted every 24 hours. Conversely, DR data and instances are only stored for a matter of hours or days as their purpose is only to facilitate the most recent instances necessary to bridge gaps during a network failure or breach.
Why Choose Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?
SereneIT offers comprehensive DRaaS solutions through our Disaster Recovery program. We’ve been in the data business for a while now, and have the industry experience to guarantee you the fastest, most economical, and comprehensive failover for your DR needs. Our dedicated team of data center and security experts will be on call in the event of a system failure. In as little as fifteen minutes, we will have your mission-critical data and applications back online so that you team can focus on your production site and the problem at hand.
SereneIT is able to guarantee such a small RTO because of our partnership with leading hypervisor-based replication technology giant, Zerto. Zerto’s failover services allow for extremely granular recovery contracts—rather than a 24-hour backup, their RPO SLAs span from snapshot-based replication of (several hours) to continuous replication (mere seconds). As a result, Zerto maintains a much more robust collection of restore points than any other vendor on the market.
In the event of a network failure, you can choose exactly what point you would like to restore your data and applications from. Because of this flexibility, the failover from your production site to the DR site can be facilitated on a much smaller WAN of 5 Mbps—only updates and changes are necessary to be shared across networks. Moreover, Zerto provides RESTful API that allows you to automate portions of the DR environment (or interact with them inside of your own applications) with automation examples.