By SVV Satyanarayana
Novell offers disaster recovery and business continuity solutions so your organization can plan for the worst. Planning for disaster recovery now ensures your data center is protected and prevents the loss of productivity and money. Here is how we used Novell PlateSpin Forge to help us prepare our home office and 18+ branch offices for disaster.
Disaster recovery is a process of preparing and getting ready to recover all of the Information Technology (IT) and infrastructure that is critical to any organization, when some disaster happens. Disasters can be natural or intentional/non-intentional.
Most companies have critical machines in their data centers that hold important data, files, web servers, critical functionality and many other things that are responsible for running for their business. But no one can predict a disaster due to any natural calamities or human errors. So each company must be ready to recover from the disaster and continue its business as usual. For that purpose, each company must plan for “Disaster recovery” properly. In recent years, handling disruptive situations has gained much popularity and has become a high-priority task in most companies.
Novell’s PlateSpin has different applications that will help with workload management as well as handle disaster recovery that balances the decision between complexity and effective cost. One of the applications of PlateSpin is called “Forge” (most recent version is PlateSpin Forge 2.5) which is used to take backups as well as recover the data at a much faster pace, and it’s pretty simple to use.
PlateSpin Forge is a product from Novell that provides a cost-effective, pretty easy to use hardware recovery appliance that works for both physical as well as virtual environments. Using this, we can rapidly power on the recovery environment and get back to business after a disaster very fast without much interruption. This comes loaded with all of the necessary application software (that avoids installation and maintenance), storage (ready to use) and embedded virtualization technology. So, you just plug it into your network and it’s ready to use.
This works well for all sizes of offices from small-size offices to multi-national companies spread across different geographic locations in the world. It basically protects you by making copies of physical as well as virtual servers, by creating virtual copies of all machines in it.
Ours is a mid-sized company that had 11 branches spread across different parts of North America. After doing some market research about disaster recovery systems, we opted for Novell’s PlateSpin Forge for taking our backups. All is going on well and by God’s grace we have not yet faced any failure. In a span of 6 months, we started 7 more branches and we are now 18 and counting.
Our first task when we start a new branch is to plan our backup and recovery in case of disaster. Our task is made simple by adopting PlateSpin Forge. We just create a virtual machine copy with Forge and that’s it – the new branch is ready to handle a disaster.
As you might know, by default 25 workloads are supported with a PlateSpin Forge appliance. We maintain 18 workloads (one in each of our branches), which leaves us with 7 workloads still available to expand our business easily.
I thought I’d share some tips in planning for disasters. (Might look silly, but just make a note of them when designing your disaster recovery plans.)
Organizations must choose the best products for workload management as well as for recovery. You must think differently to gain effective productivity with less complexity involved and at a cheaper price. Of course, once the recovery plan is in effect, maintenance must also be considered. You have to consider both physical as well as virtual environment in your offices in different geographic locations of the world. When you think in these terms, you can obviously see better growth in your business. A one-stop solution for all these objectives is to use PlateSpin Forge. Forge is a one-stop solution for a unified view of workload management as well as disaster recovery for your data center.
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