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Comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery and (BCDR) processes and the testing of these systems are critical for all companies. Often business continuity is defined as handling the company’s ability to operate, while disaster recovery (DR) stands for the ability to restore full operations. However, for IT, implementing BCDR plans is overwhelming and complex. The sheer amount of IT infrastructure components that are involved in the process makes it almost impossible to manage. For instance, in a recent survey by TechTarget, only 41 percent of IT executives said they successfully recovered all their applications during a test of their BCDR solution and 54 percent reported testing their BCDR plan twice a year or more. These numbers are disturbingly low, as recovery time is everything and effective testing improves your recovery time.

Thankfully, new BCDR automation technologies are simplifying these deployments; however, it’s critical that you choose the right tool that will help you automate the whole process, because just failing over your operations to a remote site is not disaster recovery – it is only one step of the process. True DR automation allows for automated failover and failback of IT operations. Tools such as VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager provide great automation for VMware infrastructure DR planning and execution. Other tools, such as FalconStor RecoverTrac, can provide you with DR automation capability for both physical and virtual infrastructure.

Regardless of the technology you choose, make sure it can manage the failover and failback operation of a whole service as a single unit of protection and recovery. The solution must not only map to your operational model but also allow you to define the interdependencies between the different systems and components of any given service. Additionally, these technologies must allow for effective testing without disrupting business operations and be able to recover all of your applications.

 

Fadi Albatal

Fadi Albatal

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