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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:50

Expediting Data Recovery with DR as a Service

Posted By  Chris Coulson

Data protection complexity remains a challenge for enterprises seeking broad protection of disparate operating environments across distributed locations. But the challenge of near immediate recovery time objectives (RTOs) is a particular concern explains Chris Coulson from Phoenix

In our experience, the gap that exists between the expectations that the business holds in terms of recovery time and the reality of what the IT team can actually deliver following an incident, is the biggest single exposure in most IT recovery plans.


So determining the proper RTO is an important part of planning for disaster recovery. It is the required time —measured in seconds, minutes, hours, or days— in which a system or network needs to be recovered following a failure, disaster, or other disruption. The RTO takes into account how much the interruption is allowed to disrupt normal operations, as well revenue the business is prepared to lose during this time period. These factors depend on criticality of the function/service and the equipment and applications used.


While administrators have a wide range of options when it comes to the latter consideration, there’s a new type of next-generation software that’s been proven to deliver up to a 12-fold performance increase for full data recoveries in minutes, and individual file recoveries in less than a minute. Anyone who has been charged with the challenge of meeting a rigorous RTO requirement knows that these are incredible numbers. But they become a reality with the recent release of Asigra Cloud Backup version 13 when combined with the right IT recovery infrastructure.


This latest release of the well-established Asigra software offers a converged data protection platform for Cloud based disaster recovery (DRaaS). It delivers a single, comprehensive solution for all enterprise data located on physical servers, virtual machines, mobile endpoints, and cloud applications.


With the addition of Virtual Machine Replication, enterprises can now meet increased demands for faster RTOs by replicating a VM to one or more remote locations, with the ability to have the replica up and running in minutes. As a result, this enables the delivery of a premium DRaaS offering with very fast RTOs. The new capability allows for replication without backup to one or more on or off-site replicas. The new solution eliminates the need for third-party VM replication solutions or specialist skills to manage and maintain the alternate solutions.


DRaaS can be especially important for organisations that may not have the internal expertise or the infrastructure available to implement an effective disaster recovery solution. When an enterprise leverages DRaaS, they are not required to invest, manage and maintain their own disaster recovery environment off-site. An additional benefit is that as an organisation’s needs change, service level agreements can be designed to scale as required by the customer.


With the release of Version 13, Phoenix is proud to continue our partnership with Asigra in delivering the significant benefits of DRaaS. Together, we ensure maximum data access, integrated IT recovery infrastructure and years of disaster recovery know-how to ensure not just data protection, but rapid, affordable, production ready business continuity solutions for our customers.


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Chris Coulson is Data Services Product Manager at Phoenix

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