Did you know that almost 40 percent of businesses don’t reopen after their IT was hit by a disaster? The reason for this is because data has become the most valuable asset for the majority of organizations. Any loss of access to this business-critical resource has implications not just for the bottom line, but also the long-term survival of the business. And it doesn’t take a major catastrophe to cause problems: hardware can fail and human error can cause data loss, so it is really a question of when, rather than if, you will need to recover your data.
Unfortunately such disasters happen, no matter how much we try to prevent them. So it is extremely important to be prepared to keep the impact as low as possible. The most important question you should ask yourself is a simple one: Can your IT infrastructure and especially your virtual machines survive a disaster?
Fortunately, it is now easier to prepare your business for a potential disaster than a few years ago. To make sure your VM can be easily recovered, you can take certain steps – a precaution that might well save your business. For example, your VM data can be send to a secure location – by using the Live Synch feature built into Commvault software and Fujitsu’s ETERNUS CS200c backup appliance.
Of course, no system is completely infallible, so organizations dedicate significant time and effort to establishing effective disaster recovery systems to ensure that all their data is copied to a secure location, ready to be used to restore systems as quickly as possible. But ultimately, your disaster recovery system is only as good as its weakest link – and this often comes down to the integrity of backup copies – and every second counts when it comes to application downtime.
One trend that has made an enterprises’ IT administrator’s life easier is the increasing deployment of virtual machines – however, when one fails, the time-to-restore is crucial. The combination of the Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c and Commvault software is designed to make creating a disaster recovery backup of your VM data as easy and effective as possible – thanks to the Live Sync feature. The key benefit of Live Sync is that, when you need to restore the data in your virtualized environment, you can restore directly from a remote copy of your virtual machines, rather than from a backup.
This is possible because Live Sync performs an initial full disaster recovery backup of your virtual machine data to a dedicated disaster recovery virtual machine that can be in the same data center as your other VMs, at a remote location, or even in the cloud. After you have run the full backup, you just need to establish a schedule of regular, automated backups to ensure that the destination VM is up to date – these will simply apply any changes made to the source VM since the last synchronization. You can set it up to synchronize every time you back up your data, or on a regular schedule, for example daily or weekly.
We’ve created a demo of what a Live Sync operation looks like using a Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c backup appliance and Commvault’s Live Sync capability. Discover how quickly and easily you can recover your VMs and business-critical data after a disaster.
Watch the demo: ‘Disaster recovery of virtual machines – easy and reliable with Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c’