Building a sound DR capability draws from most areas of a company's IT infrastructure. To develop a successful DR capability, much like with a migration, the technology employed must reduce complexity in the recovery process. Here are some ways to reduce the complexity within a DR environment:
- Single management platform for recovery
- Pre-position data
- Remote management of recovery processes
- Automate DR workflows
- Align with a technology partner invested in your DR success
There are three scalable middle tiers that can be used to scale out a company's DR capability: Cloud Data Protection, Replicated Snapshots, and backup to disk that is DASH copied offsite. These solutions are widely available and support many open systems hardware combinations. Properly architecting these solutions and leveraging a unified management platform will better position companies to deliver aligned Disaster Recovery capabilities that fit their business and technical requirements.
However, designing, developing, and implementing a tiered DR environment is not for every business. There are many technologies in the data management space, which is constantly evolving. Understanding each technology's technical and operational benefits, and how they fit together to meet specific needs, requires much investigation and comparison. It's important to partner with a vendor that's interested in the whole DR picture and not just one piece of the puzzle.
James Brissenden is Services Engineer at CommVault.
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