Recovery Time Objective by the Workload in the Sub Ten Minute Range with HCIaaS
Recovering your operations quickly and with minimal effort helps to streamline productivity, enabling your team to maintain a standard of operations within your projected timeframe and cost parameters. At Zycom, we know how important it is to reduce this recovery time when disaster strikes, and that includes the time by the workload. This is evidenced in previous efforts from our team including a hybrid cloud infrastructure deployment for Kriska, addressing an arduous failover period that jeopardized their operations. As a result, we know full well that hybrid cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (HCIaaS) can help you achieve optimal results, cutting costs and reducing headaches, by driving workload recovery times under the 10-minute range.
Today, let’s explore how HCIaaS could rectify problems with your established infrastructure through an example of a full planned failover from production to a disaster recovery site, then reverting over to production afterwards.
Graceful Shutdown Times
In real disaster recovery situations, there would be no graceful shutdown. In this instance, however, there was a more gradual ceasing of workloads prior to testing. This lasted for around 45 minutes. After the first test was complete, efficiencies were identified and implemented for the failback process.
In a real-life IT disaster scenario, you won’t have the luxury of doing this, and so an ideal recovery plan utilizing HCIaaS should spring into action immediately and minimize the risk of lost data or compromised security. That way, your operations remain on their feet and less susceptible to lasting damage or failover complications.
Mission Critical Failovers
After this first test, mission-critical server and database workloads utilizing HCIaaS managed to fail over and synchronize in less than eight minutes, which is excellent news as these are essential in getting your operations back up and running. The longer they’re down, the longer you have to delay the resumption of fundamental processes, effectively crippling your business.
VMs and Other Workloads
The next phase of the test involved powering on virtual machines (VMs) and testing their restorative capabilities, after which we performed a failover and synchronization of other workloads. This was completed in around 15 minutes, and afterwards, the aforementioned VMs were reset and tested once more.
As for powering systems back on after a test disaster and the subsequent failover occurred, we calculated a time of 25 minutes before reaching a full power-on state. This and other longer-duration processes can be improved with continued testing, efficiency identification and modifications to the disaster recovery system in question utilizing HCIaaS.
All in all, the results of our testing proved promising, indicating that without HCIaaS in the first place, recovery wouldn’t be nearly as quick and effective. Without a modern, proactive disaster recovery solution even in place, restoring critical systems and getting back to work can take several hours if not longer, depending on the complexity of your operations.
Our team at Zycom takes great pride in helping businesses of all sizes introduce a hybrid cloud infrastructure to their operations, and HCIaaS serves as the backbone of our disaster recovery protocol. For more information on how our team can help you, reach out to us today. Our expert technicians are glad to assist with planning a nonintrusive, future-facing cloud deployment complete with optimal failover and recovery times.