Chris Purcell has 29+ years of experience working with technology within the datacenter. Currently focused on integrated systems (server, storage, networking and cloud which come wrapped with a complete set of integration consulting and integration services.)
Hurricanes, floods, cyberattacks, and simple human error — I’m sure you’ve heard your share of these types of data center disaster stories. Some disasters are predictable and give you plenty of time to prepare. Businesses in the “tornado belt,” for example, experience a much higher probability of weather-related outages in certain months and can plan ahead. Other businesses, unfortunately, get completely blindsided. For the unprepared, recovery often proves to be impossible.
So why doesn’t every IT department have a bullet-proof disaster recovery (DR) plan in place? Typically, organizations have a myriad of perfectly good reasons: other projects take priority, current backups seem to be good enough, or staff is unavailable to work on a DR strategy. Even businesses with a DR plan are at risk if the plan is untested or complicated to operate, or if recovery doesn’t happen fast enough to mitigate damages.
Keep it simple
The reality is that preparing for disaster recovery can be daunting, but you can create a solid plan in a few short steps if you invest some time up front. To begin with, select a solution that is easy to deploy and can provide a simple recovery process. You’ll benefit most from a flexible infrastructure that is easy to maintain when future adjustments are needed. Work backwards from there to build out a recovery plan to protect your data. Once your plan is in place, test it regularly so it can be executed by almost anyone — if you’ve chosen a simple solution, testing should require very little time and effort.
Below I summarize how four different businesses implemented simple, yet effective, DR plans using hyperconverged infrastructure. They represent different industries and range in size from small local businesses to midsize enterprises with multiple remote office sites around the globe. Yet, they all have one thing in common: When disaster struck, their data centers were back up and running quickly with minimal or no data loss.
Weathering a Florida hurricane
Surviving disaster thanks to ‘proof-of-concept’ system
Recovering from a cyberattack
Running DR tests, fails back in seconds
All of these customers have one thing in common: HPE SimpliVity. The provides three powerful capabilities that help business prepare for disasters: a , built-in data protection features, and an extremely simple data recovery process. HPE SimpliVity also offers HPE RapidDR, an optional software program that guides you through disaster recovery planning, and provides a 1-click failback feature for recovery. You can learn more about the feature and how to combat cyberattacks in on mitigating ransomware risks.
Comprehensive backup and recovery plans are an essential part of business. HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged solutions are inherently simple, and built-in data protection can help reduce the risk of data loss through natural and human-caused disasters. If a disaster does hit your data center, the benefits of a resilient DR solution extend far beyond simple peace of mind.