VMware for Disaster Recovery

Keep Your Business Running Non-Stop with a Business Continuity Solution from Alliance Technologies

Can your business afford any disruption of IT services? Thousands of data centers experience significant services interruptions every year, at the cost of lost business revenue and lost data -- or worse. And while disasters and unplanned downtime get the big headlines, planned downtime for hardware maintenance and backups is the cause of the majority of service downtime.

Featuring virtualization technologies from VMware, including VMware vSphere and VMware Site Recovery Manager, innovative yet cost effective solutions from Alliance Technologies provide effective, implementable and manageable business continuity and disaster recovery protection that today’s information dependent organizations need.

Achieve Better Data Protection, High Availability, and Disaster Recovery with a Virtualized IT Infrastructure

Business continuity has become a vital ingredient of IT strategies in a world where businesses need to operate 24 hours a day. The disruption of IT services can be fatal to a business. VMware’s virtualization products give you the means to eliminate planned downtime, deliver high availability, and be better prepared for disaster recovery. Virtualize your data center and make it easier to build solutions for the following:

  • Data protection, including non-disruptive backup and restore processes
  • High availability through reduced planned and unplanned downtime
  • Disaster recovery with hardware independent recovery

Improve Your Data Protection Capabilities

Basic data protection is one of the most critical elements of data center management. Problems like storage failure, server failure, and plain old user error cause data loss uncomfortably often. Backup and recovery of your systems and data needs to be fast, flexible, and easy -- without taking critical resources away from your systems. In addition to everyday situations, data centers must plan for disaster recovery. Make sure you can easily recover vital data and meet your recovery time objective goals for both major and minor disasters. VMware vSphere lets you use your existing backup tools and methodologies in a virtual environment while benefiting from:

  • Easier, more reliable recovery
  • Simplified protection of systems, application, and data
  • Advanced capabilities to perform centralized backups without downtime or performance impacts

Recover Data Quickly and Easily

Protect your application and system data on virtual machines using your existing tools and methodologies as well as tools specifically designed for virtual machines. You can even choose to take full-image backups by using third-party backup products that capture an entire virtual machine as a small number of files.

Simplify Comprehensive Protection

VMware virtualization encapsulates a complete system -- system configuration, application installation, and data -- into a small set of files. As a result, complete protection of systems, applications, and data can be achieved without the complexity of traditional solutions. Systems, applications, and data can be protected with a single set of tools and processes.

Enable Reliable, Non-disruptive Backup

VMware Consolidated Backup provides an easy to use, centralized backup facility for VMware Infrastructure 3. Backing up your virtual machine contents from a centralized Microsoft Windows 2003 proxy server rather than directly from VMware ESX lets you:

  • Reduce the load on your VMware ESX server during backups
  • Improve the manageability of your IT resources by using a single agent running on the proxy server rather than having an agent on every virtual machine
  • Eliminate backup traffic on the local area network by utilizing Fibre Channel tape devices for virtual machine backups

Implement Simple, Cost-Effective Availability

Downtime, whether planned or unplanned, brings with it considerable costs. However, solutions to ensure higher levels of availability have traditionally been costly, hard to implement, and difficult to manage.

VMware software makes it simpler and less expensive to provide higher levels of availability for important applications. With VMware virtual infrastructure, organizations can easily increase the baseline level of availability provided for all applications as well as provide higher levels of availability more easily and cost effectively. VMware virtual infrastructure makes is possible to slash planned downtime, prevent unplanned downtime, and recover rapidly from outages. With VMware virtual infrastructure, customers have been able to:

  • Provide higher availability independent of hardware, operating system, and applications
  • Reduce planned maintenance downtime to ZERO for common maintenance operations
  • Provide automatic restart of systems in the case of server failure

Slash Planned Downtime

Planned downtime typically accounts for over 80% of datacenter downtime. Hardware maintenance, server migration, and firmware updates all require downtime for physical servers. To minimize the impact of this downtime, organizations are forced to delay maintenance until inconvenient and difficult-to-schedule downtime windows.

VMware vSphere makes it possible for organizations to dramatically reduce planned downtime. Because workloads in a VMware vSphere environment can be dynamically moved to different physical servers without downtime or service interruption, server maintenance can be performed without requiring application and service downtime. With VMware Infrastructure organizations can:

  • Eliminate downtime for common maintenance operations
  • Eliminate planned maintenance windows
  • Perform maintenance at any time without disrupting users and services

Prevent Unplanned Downtime

VMware vSphere builds important fault tolerance capabilities into datacenter infrastructure. Because they are part of virtual infrastructure, these capabilities are transparent to the operating system and applications running in virtual machines. These features can be easily configured and can be utilized by all of the virtual machines on a physical system, reducing the cost and complexity of providing higher availability. Key fault-tolerance capabilities built into VMware Infrastructure include:

  • Network interface teaming to provide tolerance of individual network card failures
  • Storage multi-pathing to tolerate storage path failures

Ensure Rapid Recovery from Outages

VMware software makes possible rapid and automated restart and failover without the cost or complexity of solutions used with physical infrastructure. Virtual machines are hardware-independent and can share physical resources, thus failover can be implemented without requiring dedicated, identical standby hardware and the added complexity of maintaining identical configurations.

For server failures, VMware High Availability (HA) - a component of VMware Infrastructure 3 - ensures rapid, automated restart of virtual machines. VMware HA automatically and intelligently restarts affected virtual machines on other production servers. As a part of virtual infrastructure, VMware HA can be easily configured for a server without dependencies on operating system, applications, or physical hardware.

Customers can also use third-party clustering software in virtual environments by clustering virtual machines with other virtual machines or clustering physical machines with other physical machines. VMware software makes it possible to implement clustering without requiring the cost of identical servers, without the complexity of rebuilding clustering when physical hardware changes, and without the difficulty associated with testing clustering of physical systems.

Build a Rapid, Reliable & Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution

Forget about traditional disaster recovery solutions. They’re costly and complex, and often can’t meet your recovery objectives even after doubling your hardware (and cost) for protected applications. Imagine being able to recover to any machine, not just specific duplicate hardware. Hardware-independence in your data center with VMware vSphere, where any physical server can be the recovery target for your virtual servers, makes fast recovery the norm. Reduce your hardware costs and your maintenance budget. Even if you haven’t virtualized your production servers, virtualized target servers for your disaster recovery give you greater simplicity, reliability, and cost savings.

  • Recover from disasters rapidly
  • Ensure reliable disaster recovery
  • Reduce the cost of disaster recovery
  • Automate disaster recovery

Recover Rapidly from Disasters

Traditional disaster recovery plans require many manual, complex steps to allocate recovery resources, perform bare metal recovery, perform data recovery, and validate that systems are ready for use. VMware vSphere eliminates steps and simplifies the recovery process.

Forget worrying about whether you have the correct hardware configuration, patches, and firmware and eliminate the difficulties of recovering your operating system and application installation on different hardware. Virtualization turns everything about a system -- hardware configuration, firmware, operating system install, application install -- into data stored in just a few files on disk. Protecting a complete system is just a matter of protecting a few files using your backup or replication software. The files that make up a virtual machine can be recovered to any hardware without requiring any changes because virtual machines are hardware-independent.

Ensure Reliable Recovery

Having a recovery plan is an important step, but just as important is ensuring that the plan is reliable. Traditional recovery plans are often unreliable because they are difficult to test, difficult to keep up to date, and depend on correct execution of complex, manual recovery processes.

Testing becomes simpler in a virtualized environment because virtualization makes it possible to execute non-disruptive tests using existing resources. Hardware independence eliminates the complexity of maintaining the recovery site by eliminating failures due to hardware differences that can otherwise creep in over time and cause costly and time-consuming complications during recovery. VMware virtualization also simplifies recovery procedures to eliminate failures caused by the complexity of traditional disaster recovery solutions.

Reduce the Cost of Disaster Recovery

With traditional disaster recovery solutions, having the fastest and most reliable recovery requires duplicating your entire production infrastructure and with it your costs. Using VMware vSphere you can provide rapid and reliable recovery without requiring identical hardware. Because of hardware independence, you can repurpose existing servers for disaster recovery rather than needing to buy duplicate servers for rapid recovery. VMware virtualization also enables server consolidation so that organizations can slash the cost of server infrastructure needed both for production and disaster recovery.

Automate Disaster Recovery

Traditional disaster recovery solutions entail numerous steps that are difficult or impossible to automate. As a result, traditional disaster recovery solutions are generally slow, complex and prone to human error. Virtualization opens the door to disaster recovery automation by turning physical servers into data and recovery procedures into software.

VMware Site Recovery Manager enables you to automate the disaster recovery process and ensure that it is executed rapidly and correctly. In addition, it makes it possible for you to easily and cost-effectively test your disaster recovery plan so that you can ensure that it is reliable.

Count On a Reliable Disaster Recovery Plan

Meet your time-to-recovery goals with a simplified hardware-independent recovery process. Contact Alliance Technologies today to discuss how we can help you implement an effective and manageable Disaster Recovery plan.