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Importance of testing a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan

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Rule No. 1 of a DR solution is you have to be able to test it. Just like any type of Disaster Recovery (DR), Cloud Disaster Recovery also needs to be tested. But how?

If you want to test a backup solution, you take a couple of files and power up the VMs. But with cloud based disaster recovery plan problem is that, the live VMs are still doing their thing. If the live VMs are working, and I power up the test, you would have an outage. Sandboxing and orchestration come into play when testing disaster recovery in the cloud.

Sandboxing allows you to power up in a vacuum without impacting the validity of anything else. It has ability to isolate what is in your DR environment so you can bring it up without impacting the production environment. On the other hand, Orchestration has two roles. Your orchestrate dependencies between VMs. The file server might seem like a simple thing, but if you don’t have a logon [on] the server, you need to bring up the Active Directory and another server. Sometimes there are up to three tiers of VMs. You have to bring them up in the right order or nothing works.

For example, you may need to bring up the most important VMs in two hours. Maybe you can wait 24 hours to bring up the next round of VMs, and 36 hours for the third round, and so on.

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  • Agentless backup, recovery and replication
  • Scalability for global datacenters, remote/branch (ROBO) offices and thousands of VMs
  • Simplified deployment and automatic balancing of workloads
  • Storage agnostic
  • Support for multi-hypervisor environments
  • Instant VM recovery
  • Automated verification of backups and replicas
  • Built-in WAN acceleration for getting backups offsite up to 50x faster
  • Backup and recovery from storage snapshots for dramatically improved RPOs and easy restores
  • Integrated support for VMware vCloud Director
  • Self-service recovery of files and VMs

We focus on building and designing the most appropriate infrastructure to meet the unique needs and characteristics of your individual business. Your data is too precious not to be protected by the best, most affordable and highly efficient data storage solution in the industry. Our solution is suitable for Modern Data Protection – Built for Virtualization and Private cloud solutions, without a big price tag.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above best practices or lessons learned with us or to learn more about how we are partnering with companies just like yours to ensure the availability of mission-critical applications, please contact us at (855) US STELLAR

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One comment on “Importance of testing a Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    June 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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