Automated Disaster Recovery for the Virtualized Datacenter - Delivering a Real-Time Infrastructure with Process Automation
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Overview: According to process improvement guru Geary Rummler, any "organization is only as good as its processes." This is particularly true in the rapidly-changing and mission critical area of run-time IT operations, where even short-term failures can mean big-ticket business losses.
As the data center becomes highly virtualized, and more and more business applications require near-continuous availability, the demand for faster, easier, and less expensive recovery solutions has never been greater. Can you respond with confidence to a component, application or complete site failure? More importantly, can you respond quickly enough? Have you tested your recovery procedures recently? Have you defined clear recovery metrics for each business application and technology component? Are you leveraging virtualization effectively in your disaster recovery planning? And, most importantly, does your IT organizational structure support your disaster recovery strategy?
This white paper outlines a solution to disaster recovery that combines both technology and process improvement approaches and recognizes that neither alone is sufficient. It addresses the impact of virtualization technology on workload portability and the benefits as well as the remaining operational challenges of the flexibility provided by virtualization. This will set the stage for the critical role of process improvement and automation in any disaster recovery effort. Finally, it details a successful client implementation of a unified approach to disaster recovery that marries a comprehensive process automation approach with a powerful suite of technology tools and applications to achieve dramatic improvements in overall availability with measurable, contained costs.