Latisys Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
A Variety of Disaster Recovery Options...All Delivered "as a Service"
A good way to approach your your disaster recovery plan (DRP) by using the cold/warm/hot metaphor, where increasing temperature refers to greater levels of protection and speed of recovery.
Here are is additional detail on Latisys offerings at each temperature. The right components for your disaster recovery plan will depend on your unique recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO):
Data Protection (cold). Latisys has long offered managed data protection using EMC Avamar. These managed backup services ensure that your critical data can be restored from a local disk-based system. Your specified directories, files, databases, etc., can also be replicated nightly to a remote location. The RPO is 24 hours, and the RTO is likely days or weeks. You control the amount of data protected and the length of time it’s retained. This is a good option if your cost of downtime is low, or if you simply need to fulfill a contractual or regulatory obligation.
Storage Replication (warm). Latisys offers several options for storage replication. We now use the HP 3PAR StorServ storage platform to replicate from the storage system to a remote location. You control the frequency of replication (15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours or 12 hours) and retention (0, 1, 3 or 7 days). This is a good option if you need your RPO and RTO to both be less than 12 hours.
Workload Replication with Microsoft (also even warmer). If your systems run on Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Hyper-V Replica function can perform asynchronous replication over commercially-available broadband networks. You can then perform manual failover in the event of a disaster. This method of replication also offers extremely low RPOs and RTOs. This form of hypervisor replication is a good option for smaller companies or those invested in Microsoft technologies.
Workload Replication with Microsoft (also even warmer). If your systems run on Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Hyper-V Replica function can perform asynchronous replication over commercially-available broadband networks. You can then perform manual failover in the event of a disaster. This is a new offering, and we’ve written an e-book with Microsoft to explain it in simplified terms. This method of replication also offers extremely low RPOs and RTOs. This form of hypervisor replication is a good option for smaller companies or those invested in Microsoft technologies.
Geoclustering (hot). If your cost of downtime is extraordinarily high, you can utilize Latisys' national data center platform and premium MPLS inter-data center network to maintain active/active geoclustered and globally load-balanced sites with nearly instant failover. With this high-performance system, synchronous replication offers an RPO and RTO that are effectively zero. This is a premium option for companies with thousands of transactions per hour who simply cannot afford to lose any data.
Because each of these options is delivered on Latisys hardware, any of these flavors can be considered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). By using Latisys, you take advantage of our scale to reduce costs further. You also take advantage of our expertise to design and maintain the solution so that your IT staff can create value specific to your organization, rather than managing a far more complicated disaster recovery plan.
Of course your specific solution will be driven by your unique Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Recovery Time Objective (RTO), and Cost of Downtime requirements.
Gain Flexibility & Economy with the Cloud
You may be able to make your disaster recovery plan even more effective by using the Latisys Cloud to achieve even greater flexibility and savings.
In the past, failover planning used to be exceedingly complex and expensive because you needed to buy, configure and maintain identical hardware for a recovery site. Virtualization made the process easier and cheaper, but you still had to pay for those (no longer exactly identical) servers to stand by idle. Today, you can move those failover servers to the cloud, where you don’t have to pay for them when you're not using them—which is nearly always.
For example, let's say you are a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, and your website churns through a lot of data, but the application itself doesn’t change much. You can spin up a cloud server, configure the application on it, and then de-activate it—which means you're no longer paying for processing or for an operating system license. If disaster strikes, you can reactivate the server and spin it up with the application and operating system basically ready to go. Because you don't need to configure the application, you can reduce your RTO. And this is just one of the many ways you can take advantage of the cloud. To learn more, check out ebook -- How to Take Advantage of the Cloud: Your Guide to Achieving Value and Performance.
With Latisys as your infrastructure provider, customized DR—tailored to your unique business requirements—can become a reality without placing a significant burden on your financial or human capital. From strategic planning to mapping out the entire recovery process, to documentation and best practices for testing—we view DRaaS and Cloud—as a partnership. With some cloud providers, it proves difficult to replicate multiple terabytes of storage, or to effectively connect cloud services to your production resources. But at Latisys, we know that DR is not one-size-fits-all. We offer a variety of products and services that together can be used to make your disaster recovery plan both comprehensive and cost-effective.
For examples of Latisys DR in action, check out our disaster recovery use cases.
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