Sharpen Your Disaster Recovery, Resiliency Strategy At VMworld

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Rackspace Blogger | August 22, 2013 2:00 pm

The focus of any IT company should be on innovation, not disaster recovery. Budget and resources should align with your business objectives, and when possible, non-revenue generating tasks should be outsourced.

Do you have the time or ability to design, implement and test recovery solutions that meet your business requirements? Do you have DR staff or expertise on site? And, if you recognize the benefits of outsourcing DR capabilities, do you have an accurate grasp of your own cost of downtime so you can properly qualify and quantify the proper level of outsourced DR services to buy? Given that the average cost of unplanned data center downtime is more than $5,000 per minute[1], knowing your own financial impact of downtime is important so you can protect your business accordingly.

At Rackspace, we offer several services in our Resiliency Solutions portfolio. One example is Rackspace Replication Manager[2]. It’s available for Managed Virtualization[3] customers and helps automate the recovery plan for important VMware® VMs that are hosted in Rackspace data centers. Replication Manager relies on Array-based Replication (powered by EMC® RecoverPoint or NetApp® SnapMirror®) to replicate VMs between the Rackspace source site and the Rackspace target site.  Replication Manager uses VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to simplify and automate the recovery process of the protected VMs.

In many cases, deploying your own resiliency solution can take weeks or months to set up.  Traditional resiliency solutions often require manual runbooks that are difficult to maintain and can lead to data falling out of sync when your application or infrastructure changes. Replication Manager makes it easy to setup an automated recovery plan and replaces many of the runbooks that make for an unreliable, time-consuming and complex recovery process.  This reduces the potential for human error, out-of-sync configurations, and enables you to group VMs based on dependencies and prioritize their recovery order.

Research has found that companies do not test their failover plans often enough. Rackspace includes one failover test every three months to ensure that you meet your DR compliance needs. Given that some companies charge per failover test, and that these charges can add up quickly, we can help ease the financial burden of DR testing for your business. Based on the successful completion of the failover test every three months, Rackspace can offer a custom Recovery Time SLA[4].  VMware Certified Professionals are available 24×7 to help architect complex resiliency solutions using SRM and can also help you perform non-disruptive failover tests.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, Rackspace and VMware will be co-presenting on SRM and DR planning at VMworld in San Francisco on Monday, August 26 at 4 p.m. PDT. If you are attending, please consider visiting this session to learn more about how VMware and Rackspace work together to help you with your disaster recovery needs.

Heading to VMworld[5] 2013, August 25 to August 29 in San Francisco? We are too.

Come check us out at booth No. 2404 on the expo floor – we’re excited to talk to you about new additions to our VMware®-powered service portfolio, Rackspace Managed Virtualization[6], and the future of Rackspace Hybrid Cloud. We’ll also have technical experts in the booth to answer all of your questions about everything from Rackspace Replication Manager (powered by VMware SRM) to VMware to OpenStack.

While you’re here, play our “Unlock the Cloud” game for a chance to win prizes.

And be sure to see Rackspace Enterprise Cloud Strategist Paul Croteau and VMware’s Bryan Evans present “DR to the Cloud with VMware Site Recovery Manager and Rackspace Disaster Recovery Planning Services[7]” at 4 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 26.

Endnotes:
  1. the average cost of unplanned data center downtime is more than $5,000 per minute: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/Unplanned-IT-Downtime-Can-Cost-5K-Per-Minute-Report-549007/
  2. Rackspace Replication Manager: http://www.rackspace.com/disaster-recovery-planning/resiliency/
  3. Managed Virtualization: http://www.rackspace.com/managed-virtualization/
  4. Recovery Time SLA: http://www.rackspace.com/information/legal/replicationmgrsla
  5. VMworld: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/us/
  6. Rackspace Managed Virtualization: http://www.rackspace.com/managed-virtualization/
  7. DR to the Cloud with VMware Site Recovery Manager and Rackspace Disaster Recovery Planning Services: https://vmworld2013.activeevents.com/connect/search.ww?q=rackspace#loadSearch-searchPhrase=rackspace&searchType=speaker&tc=0&sortBy=companyName

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