Disaster Recovery Problem: Solution
Disaster Recovery Problem: Solution
Integrated + decoupled = greater agility and cost efficiency.
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Traditional DRaaS offerings typically require rigid data center infrastructure that is expensive and inefficient. Many DRaaS (Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service) solutions offer an alternative to on-premises failover, but when they are based on the same on-premises DR (disaster recovery) technology, they cannot realize the full technical and business advantages of the cloud: multi-tenancy, scalability, agility, and cost-efficiency.
“Incorporating object storage into a backup service is relatively straightforward and, today, is commonly supported by most data protection vendors,” said Tom Critser, co-founder and CEO, JetStream Software. “But service providers haven’t previously had a CDP (continuous data protection) solution that continuously replicates data directly into an object store and uses the object store exclusively to maintain all recovery assets, including the recovery of system information, network configurations, and ongoing protection policies. That’s a very different kind of challenge that JetStream DR on Cloudian uniquely addressed.”
A Better Solution for MSPs and CSPs
JetStream DR on Cloudian is designed to empower MSPs (managed service providers) and CSPs (cloud service providers) to deliver DR services to their customers with near-zero recovery point objectives (RPO) — and to do so in a way that realizes the full value of cloud object storage.
“We were already a Cloudian customer, so when we learned that we could use JetStream DR to deliver a DRaaS offering based on Cloudian HyperStore, it made perfect sense to us,” said Paul Smitham, President, ENS-Inc. “JetStream DR on Cloudian enables us to use our data center resources with greater efficiency and agility than any DR technology we’ve used in the past. Just as importantly, it gives us a significant new business opportunity to develop, with technologies that we know and trust.
“Compared to other DR/CDP solutions we’ve deployed previously, the infrastructure costs of JetStream DR on Cloudian will be 60 percent less, which means we can deliver an enterprise-grade DR service to our customers that’s more economical for them to consume and more profitable for us. It really is a win-win.”
Details of Differentiation: Integrated, Yet Decoupled
Other approaches to data protection with object storage typically use the object store as a “cold data tier” that is tightly coupled to the DR application running continuously in the recovery site. In contrast, JetStream DR on Cloudian replicates all necessary recovery data to the object store, which can be completely decoupled from the DR software in the recovery site.
The object store maintains the protected virtual machines, their applications, all their data (updated continuously) and configuration information, as well as all DR metadata so that VMs recovered from the object store are completely configured, operational, and continuously protected from the moment they are recovered. The VMs can be deployed into any runtime vSphere environment in any location.
For ENS-Inc, the agility of JetStream DR on Cloudian means that a customer’s VMs running in San Jose can replicate data into a Cloudian HyperStore platform hosted in Sacramento, and in response to a disaster, the VMs can be recovered from Sacramento into ENS-Inc’s vSphere environment in Reno, with the Cloudian object store in Sacramento continuing to protect the workloads without interruption.
If desired, once the customer’s San Jose site is back up and operational, the VMs can return to their original data center without disturbance to the running applications and their continuous protection. To support this level of agility, ENS-Inc has deployed a deterministic optical backbone connecting data centers in nine locations across the western United States.
JetStream DR on Cloudian maintains all protected VMs, data, configuration information, and recovery metadata in the object store. During a failover, everything needed for complete recovery of the protected environment — including its ongoing protection — is rehydrated directly from the object store.
For ENS-Inc, this means the recovery VMware vSphere environment is put into use only in the event of a failover. The compute, storage and network resources needed for the customer’s continued operations are provisioned on demand. With the features and performance of Cloudian HyperStore, the recovery time objective (RTO) falls comfortably within the customer’s service level agreement (SLA).
Do the Math: DR Total Cost of Ownership Calculator
JetStream Software has developed a DR total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator that compares the cost of infrastructure for DR services delivered through a number of different methods, including other DR software technologies, federated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) clusters, and VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). The calculator is available here: www.jetstreamsoft.com/tco-calculator (registration required).
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