Today I attended an entertaining and informative session by George Ferguson called “Recovery-as-a-Service: What happens following a disaster,” where he walked us through a real-life disaster recovery scenario. Picture this:
- You work the data center for a large global company. In 24 seconds, a major flood is going to hit your data center, but you don’t even know what's headed your way. You are in the reception area just outside your data center and your production SAP application is functioning normally.
- Suddenly, a flash flood hits the building. You realize the room is filling with water and you quickly begin retrieving critical materials from your desk drawer and putting them on top of a filing cabinet where they’ll be safe. The water tips over your desk, but you continue getting these materials to the top of the cabinet. Next, the cabinet tips over, and the front window is washed out.
- Let’s switch to a view of what is happening in your data center. Luckily, there is a raised floor, so everything looks good so far. However, the water seeping in under the floor just set off your fire suppression system. Now the data center goes down.
- Luckily, you have a disaster recovery as a service solution from HP. Before this disaster happened, the data from your 21 servers (10 physical and 11 virtual) had been replicated to HP’s recovery center in Georgia.
- 2 minutes after the disaster, the continuity coordinator in your company is notified of the outage and calls HP to make a formal notification.
- 30 minutes post-disaster, the recovery center has booted up and puts a request in to redirect network traffic from the production data center to the recovery data center. There is 1 virtual machine for each of the 21 machines in your production environment.
- During the next 45 minutes, all of your key applications are restarting. These include billing, shipping, sales and sales support.
- 1 hour and 16 minutes post-disaster, your applications have completed restarting and an HP delivery specialist calls your continuity coordinator who notifies end users that the applications are available.
- 1 hour and 19 minutes post-disaster, business processes resume.
Most datacenter outages aren’t this dramatic; they are typically caused by long-term electrical outages, burst pipes and local flooding. However, this example illustrates the importance of having a disaster recovery solution in place to resume business operations as quickly as possible following an outage. If this were to happen at your datacenter, would you be ready?
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