Resiliency orchestration: The answer to disaster recovery challenges for a hybrid environment
Disaster recovery (DR) in a hybrid IT environment within business-defined service-level agreements (SLAs) is challenging. Workloads are deployed across physical, virtual and cloud environments. There are interdependencies between various layers of IT infrastructure and applications. Whenever there’s a widespread outage, the recovery of a single device, component or application may have little impact on restoring the full operation of the business. Furthermore, recovering systems and applications in the wrong order can cause preventable delays in the process of making critical IT applications and business processes available again.
How do enterprises create DR strategies to manage complexity in heterogeneous environments while handling these interdependencies seamlessly — crossing multiple departments, applications, business processes, locations and hybrid cloud environments — to meet demanding uptime objectives?
Traditionally, recovering a few critical applications within a few hours may have been possible with a highly experienced team, but doing so consumed a huge amount of valuable time and disrupted business operations. However, in today’s hybrid cloud environment, we see recovery time and recovery point objectives continue to climb higher, but business leaders and boards of directors expect seamless recovery of multiple mission-critical applications across traditional and cloud environments within minutes, not hours. The key to success is an ability to scale DR programs by automating workflows across multiple applications quickly and reliably through a transition to hybrid environments.
Resiliency orchestration for disaster recovery in the hybrid cloud
Resiliency orchestration technology ensures successful execution of your resiliency plan with the reliability and scale you need in hybrid clouds. Orchestration for DR significantly reduces production downtime requirements and minimizes business exposure to outages. In fact, organizations with resiliency orchestration in place perform DR tests successfully, with very few staff, and often realize as much as a 75 percent reduction in DR drill preparation and validation.
A crucial advantage of resiliency orchestration technology is the capacity to work across physical, virtual and cloud environments, with deep application awareness. Orchestration-based resiliency strategies are critical for modern enterprises adopting cloud environments, as self-service and low SLA parameters are the clear expectations of end users from cloud services.
It’s time to challenge your traditional disaster recovery plans, as Forbes recently suggested. Are you 100 percent confident in your DR strategy? Do you know how each business function will be affected in the event of an IT disruption? Rather than developing a plan to protect the physical infrastructure, enterprises must now design their resiliency strategies to safeguard all resources across end-to-end business processes no matter where these business processes run. Are you ready?