Disaster Recovery Planning & Automation with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

Businesses highly depend on IT systems to streamline their operations. Without an efficient disaster recovery plan, natural disasters or man-made outages can result in significant losses or leave long term negative impacts that compromise your brand value. Since you can never predict when these disasters will strike, it is important to ensure that your business is ready. Disaster recovery planning is what your business needs to ensure systems recover quickly, effectively and to minimize data loss.

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How Yataghan can help

We have a professional team that can help you to identify your disaster recovery needs and design a cost-effective and reliable solution. Critical IT systems may stop functioning due to several reasons including:

Data center failure
Component failure
Cyber attacks
Equipment failures
Other man-made incidences

The goal of disaster recovery planning is to rapidly restore business processes by minimizing the disruption of critical applications. The recovery process aims at making sure the business can continue functioning as close to normal as possible. Disaster recovery planning can be customized to suit your business needs.

Why disaster recovery planning is important

Today, businesses have grown to become less tolerant for downtime. The goal of most enterprises is to offer their clients reliability and high availability. Having a successful disaster recovery plan helps to achieve this important goal.

Additionally, there are disasters that can have detrimental impacts on a business. A business can lose its reputation and incur huge losses after encountering data loss but DR can help avoid this.

Recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO)

During disaster recovery, there are two important measurements that need to be considered:

  • Recovery point objective (RPO): This measures the maximum age of files that the business needs to recover after an outage in order resume its operations. RPO is key to helping the organization determine how frequently it needs to perform backups. For instance, if your organization’s RPO is 3 hours, the disaster recovery plan includes making sure the system backs up at least every four hours.
  • Recovery time objective (RTO): This measures the maximum amount of time that the business needs to recover data from its backup storage after a disaster in order to continue with its normal operations. In simple terms, RTO gives the maximum amount of downtime that the organization can handle to avoid significant losses. This means that if the organization’s RTO is given as 3 hours in the disaster recovery plan, it cannot be down for more than the 3 hours.

Understanding the organization’s RTO and RPO helps the disaster recovery experts to determine which recovery strategies will suit the business and narrow down the technologies and procedures based on these measures.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

To speed disaster recovery time and ensure the recovery process is more efficient, VMware SRM can be used to automate the process. This is simply an add-on product that administrators can acquire to better streamline the disaster recovery process. It is important for VMware SRM to be properly deployed using the best practices.

At Yataghan, we can help you implement a disaster recovery plan according to your business needs.


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