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Shake, rattle, and roll: Are you ready for disaster recovery?

July 10, 2019 Julie Herd, Director, Solutions Marketing

While nearly every region in the world has their share of natural disasters, California is best known for its earthquakes. The recent magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes in a rural Southern California town were just the latest examples, felt hundreds of miles away. Because of the remote location, damage was relatively contained but imagine what would happen to your business if those earthquakes happened under your data center? Is your data protected, and more importantly, can you recover from a major disaster like this?

It’s clear that successful data recovery needs quality data backups. You can’t recover anything if the data was never properly backed up in the first place. In a previous blog, we covered how to use the cloud to cost-efficiently obtain a quality backup set. In this blog, we will discuss how to use the cloud to not only survive a disaster, but to move through it with minimal disruption to your organization.

As discussed in our previous blog, using the cloud as more than just a cheap data repository is critical to facilitating a data protection strategy that is not only low-cost, but that also maximizes business continuity by accelerating ITs ability to respond to disasters. At Druva, we have developed a cloud-native disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solution that makes re-starting applications in a failover environment as simple as pushing a button. This enables IT to get the business back online in minutes.

Cloud based snapshots

The first step to failing over as quickly as possible is making sure that snapshot copies of your virtual machines (VMs) are readily available in the cloud, so that they can be spun up immediately when they are needed. The Druva Cloud Platform converts VMs into Amazon Web Services (AWS) EBS snapshots that are stored, readily available, in the customer’s AWS virtual private cloud (VPC).

When deciding on a location in which to store your disaster recovery data, it is important to bear in mind geographical and industry-specific regulatory requirements such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The business must comply with these regulations whether in a production or a failover state. As a result, ensuring that data is automatically stored in a way that adheres to these regulations can substantially reduce time-to-recovery. Being sure to pre-authorize your servers with your cloud provider will also save time.

Simplified disaster recovery implementation

Equally important to maximizing uptime is minimizing the complexity of the disaster recovery implementation. Enabling recovery should be possible with a single mouse click. At Druva, one of the key features we have invested in from this perspective is automated execution of runbooks. These are routine operations or procedures that must be carried out for system deployment and management. Automating runbooks dramatically reduces the number of manual and repetitive tasks that an IT administrator must complete.

Pre-defining backup policies ahead of time according to recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) is also important, not only to reduce time-to-recovery, but to also ensure that required levels of business continuity are met. At Druva, we are investing in capabilities like one-click failover testing to increase IT’s confidence in its ability to meet service level agreements (SLAs).

Seamless migration and recovery flexibility

The flexibility to recover virtual machines on-premises or in the cloud is an important capability to look for in a DRaaS solution because applications can tolerate varying levels of downtime. Naturally, this requires workload mobility across on-premises and cloud resources. To make this process as fast and as simple as possible, at Druva we have invested in automatic workload migration, and the ability to convert workloads “on the fly” to the cloud provider’s format.

The ability to migrate workloads between cloud regions is even more important when you need to recover your datacenter to a different geographical region in response to a natural disaster. When your data center is underwater, or damaged beyond usability, recovering in the cloud (without requiring any new hardware or software) is the fastest, most cost effective option to ensure your business continuity.

Conclusion

At Druva, we pride ourselves in being among the pioneers of the perspective that, to truly move the needle for the business, the cloud must be utilized intelligently. The cloud is far more than a replacement for tape archives. When the scalable and low-cost storage is paired with elastic cloud compute and value-add functionalities, such as automated runbook execution, the cloud can truly become a strategic tool that improves business continuity through better workload and data availability.

Ready to ensure your mission critical data is protected? Druva’s cloud-native disaster recovery on AWS delivers one-click, automated recovery for on-premises and cloud workloads.