Orchestration Helps Take the Adventure Out of Disaster Recovery Planning

His numerous exploits included the first successful expedition to the South Pole and the first trans-Arctic flight across the North Pole, yet the legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen did not think of himself as an “adventurer.”

“Adventure is just bad planning,” he once said.

Biographers say Amundsen was well-regarded among his peers for his ability to minimize risk through meticulous preparation, exceptional organizational skills and innovative survival techniques. These are the same qualities today’s CIOs should draw upon to ensure that business operations do not become an adventure in the face of a major disruptive event such as a natural disaster, human error or system failure.

It is crucial that organizations incorporate a comprehensive, proven disaster recovery plan into their overall business strategy to help ensure the recovery of data and applications with the least amount of impact to operations. However, disaster recovery is often implemented manually, requiring numerous complex, cumbersome and time-consuming steps to allocate resources, recover systems and data, and validate that systems are ready for use.

These expensive, error-prone manual processes leave organizations exposed to significant risk of extended downtime because they are tough to set up and maintain, extremely difficult to test, and do not readily scale. This results in risk to both data and application availability, and to compliance with government and industry regulations.

For example, traditional disaster recovery plans require extensive documentation consisting of hundreds of pages of instructions contained in runbooks that are nearly impossible to keep accurate and up-to-date.  The complexity of the manual recovery processes in these runbooks makes it difficult for organizations to reliably recover within their recovery time objectives.

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 hard to test, difficult to keep up to date, and depend upon correct execution of complex manual recovery processes. Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans.

The new Availability Orchestrator from Veeam is designed to relieve these headaches. Built with enterprise-class availability in mind, Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides a DR orchestration engine for Veeam Backup & Replication replicas. Orchestration streamlines the creation, documentation, testing and execution of disaster recovery plans, helping organizations reduce the time, cost and effort associated with a successful disaster recovery strategy. Other benefits include:

  • Satisfaction of compliance requirements with template-based documentation that makes it easy to build and update DR plans as the virtual environment changes
  • Proof of recoverability at any time through automated scheduled and on-demand plan testing and readiness checks that have zero impact on the production environment
  • Assurance of IT service continuity through the reliable execution of multisite DR failover and failback, including service and application verification

A spirit of adventure often can lead to innovation in the business world, but when it comes to disaster planning, there is no place for uncertainty or risk. A disaster recovery solution must be as clear and predictable as possible because there is little room for error when mission-critical data and applications are at stake. Veeam Availability Orchestrator minimizes risk by reducing the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.