Automated Disaster Recovery: 10 Facts and Fiction Data Points
FICTION: Automated DR Cannot Be Tailored to Your Environment
IT administrators think that automated DR systems cannot handle different types of hardware, software and virtual servers in use in data centers. IT administrators think that automated DR lacks the flexibility to recover any available system, physical or virtual.
In the wake of recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, disaster recovery—as might be expected—has become a particularly hot topic among IT administrators. DR certainly has always been crucial, not only in defending against natural disasters but also against human error and equipment failure, both of which are far more prevalent. Whatever the cause, after disaster strikes, IT administrators can spend hours following complex steps packed with reboots to get their organizations back up and running. Only a few hours of downtime can cost companies millions of dollars. So IT managers definitely feel the pressure. They can alleviate that pressure and get back to business faster by implementing and testing DR systems along with plans that address data centers' complex environments. Automation is a key part of that effort. Automated DR mechanizes the detailed and time-consuming manual recovery process. Unfortunately, too many IT administrators hear and believe some prominent fictions about automated DR. In this slideshow, eWEEK worked with Ralph Wynn, senior product marketing manager for FalconStor Software, to assemble some of the facts and fictions about automated DR.