Thursday, December 15, 2011

How To Recover Your Data In Minutes

There are new approaches that will allow even small to midsize businesses to be able to return applications to their full and ready state within a few minutes.

Things to think about:

The first key ingredient to achieve data recovery in less than a few minutes is that the movement of data from a backup device to a source device simply can't occur. No matter how fast the network connection, the time required to make a copy will in almost every case break the goal of only a few minutes of downtime.

This means that the backup application must be able to present the data to the source server in a native state so that the application that it hosts can directly access the data. This also more than likely means that the backup device that stores the backup data needs to be a disk-based system.

Even being able to directly host the data to the application may still not be fast enough to meet the objective of zero downtime or few minutes of downtime. This will be especially true if the physical server that was hosting the application has failed. A physical server failure would mean that a standby system needs to be put in place or, more than likely, ordered so that there is something to actually access the data while it's in place.

Some vendors have overcome this problem by incorporating into their applications the ability to spawn virtual machines and recover the failed host plus its data into that virtual machine, all without moving data. This capability brings the concept of zero downtime or minutes of downtime to the masses. No longer do you need to go out and buy a sophisticated cluster to achieve those goals.

The other advantage of this technique is that the testing of a failed server can now be as easy as the click of a button. The ability to start an application with its data in a test mode almost instantly allows an organization to become very confident in their ability to recover.

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