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Disaster Recovery in the Software Defined Datacenter Blog Series

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

The modern datacenter is undergoing an unprecedented transformation in the way IT is managed and delivered. Fueled by rapidly evolving business and operational considerations, today's IT executives and administrators are under an increasing amount of pressure to respond to a new set of requirements. Research from Forester shows that the average organization is 50% virtualized and that it will increase by 75% in the next 2 years. Taking it a step further, continued advancements in virtualization are driving companies to adopt a virtual first strategy for most new initiatives. This fundamental transformation and growing requirements has brought a unique set of challenges for backup and recovery in today’s datacenter:

  • The explosive growth of enterprise data has increased storage capacity requirements by 30% - 50% per year.
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA) are becoming more difficult to achieve as evolving business needs and operational demands drive less tolerance for data loss and downtime.
  • Backup windows are continuously being shrunk as organizations move closer and closer to a 24 hour business model. 

Across our growing customer base, organizations of all shapes and sizes are continuously asking us what options exist for disaster recovery within the software defined datacenter (SDDC). In talking with these organizations, we see a common set of corporate objectives resurface in each conversation. The first is to reduce costs. This theme comes up often because organizations have yet to adjust their legacy processes and procedures to realize the full cost savings of virtualization. The second objective is to mitigate risk by reducing potential downtime and corporate data loss. Keep in mind, data doesn’t have to be lost to impact the business, simply not having access to critical business data can be a huge impact.

So, I’ve been doing a speaking tour around the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas at major virtualization and cloud conferences delivering a presentation focused on disaster recovery solutions for virtualized datacenters. I decided it would be helpful to spread the word even further by taking some of those solutions and sharing them in a 4 part blog series. Here is what this blog series will touch on:

Each of these solutions address unique challenges and deliver Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) for your businesses’ disaster recovery and cost objectives.

Be on the look out over in the next few weeks for parts 2, 3, and 4 - covering Hotlink, vCHS and Zerto DR technologies.

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter, Datacenter

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