Things go wrong in IT all the time. Sometimes, things go very wrong. Whether it’s a power outage, hardware or network failure, software glitch or good old, ever-dependable human error, disasters will happen — it’s a matter of when, not if. One in three companies have declared a disaster in the past five years, according to a November 2013 Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness Online Survey by Forrester and Disaster Recovery Journal.
But many organizations’ Disaster Recovery (DR) plans are not kept up to date with the rapidly changing and increasingly complex IT environments. For something so critical to the moment-to-moment functioning of the business, the reason that organizations unwittingly expose themselves to increased risks is stunningly banal: organizations don’t test their DR plans frequently because testing is resource intensive. It’s too much work.
That could be tragically shortsighted decision, because unfortunately recovering from an actual disaster is a lot of work, too. It is also very costly to recover from a major event. According to the Forrester survey, 47 percent of organizations require 11 hours or more to fully recover from a major outage because DR is itself a manual and error-prone process. This only amplifies the damage of a failure, by further impacting productivity, reputation and revenue across the entire business.
Don’t wait, automate and orchestrate
For today’s heterogeneous, multi-vendor datacenters, planning for disaster recovery begins with automated testing. DR testing uses runbook automation and IT process automation with IT orchestration tools to create automated workflows that tie together diverse tools, processes and domains.
These standardized, automated workflows accelerate test and recovery, while capturing and essentially documenting the procedures, which reduces the risk that key personnel or groups will be unavailable.
By employing IT orchestration tools, data center teams are able to test their DR plan after any significant changes are made to the IT infrastructure, ensuring the plan will be current with error-proof workflows that are faster to implement than manual recovery processes.
Recover fast, recover right In short, orchestrated test and recovery workflows are a must for modern DR planning. Here is a helpful infographic that details the steps you can take to design a better disaster recovery plan for rapid and more effective recovery across the datacenter, including servers, middleware, database and cloud.
Nimish Shelat is currently focused on Datacenter Automation and IT Process Automation solutions. Shelat strives to help customers, traditional IT and Cloud based IT, transform to Service Centric model.
The scope of these solutions spans across server, network, database and middleware infrastructure. The solutions are optimized for tasks like provisioning, patching, compliance, remediation and processes like Self-healing Incidence Remediation and Rapid Service Fulfilment, Change Management and Disaster Recovery.
Shelat has 23 years of experience in IT, 20 of these have been at HP spanning across networking, printing , storage and enterprise software businesses. Prior to his current role as a Manager of Product Marketing and Technical Marketing, Shelat has held positions as Software Sales Specialist, Product Manager, Business Strategist, Project Manager and Programmer Analyst.
Shelat has a B.S in Computer Science. He has earned his MBA from University of California, Davis with a focus on Marketing and Finance.