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Bypass Failures (HA)

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Recover Remotely (DR)

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Point-in-Time Restore

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Circumvent Outages

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Minimize Data Loss

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Avoid Downtimes

Maintaining uninterrupted IT operations under the constant threat of equipment failures and site outages requires new business continuity measures – particularly as the number, types and locations of data storage devices involved grows, and their importance escalates.

Those business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) services that rely on the intrinsic resiliency of highly available devices tend to fail miserably in heterogeneous IT environments.

What works in one storage system might not fit another, and their mutual incompatibilities make designing an overarching BC/DR plan all the more difficult.

  • How well does your BC/DR plan adapt to changing conditions?
  • How do you protect against failures of diverse storage components?
  • How do you resume business operations in the event of larger outages (e.g., power, fire, floods, etc.)?
  • How do you restore to the last healthy/known good data state?
  • What is your last healthy/known good data state?
  • How do you replace failing or aging storage hardware without impacting business operations?
45% of total unplanned downtime is caused by hardware failures
3 Months is the average recovery time from a disaster for 52% of small businesses
$100K to $1M is the estimated cost of a significant data center outage

3 Lines of Defense to Avoid Storage Downtime

SANsymphony Software-Defined Storage (SDS) from DataCore uses three proven data replication and data backup principles for mitigating the risks and preventing or reducing the effects of storage equipment failures and site outages. You can incorporate these three BC/DR principles for your new or existing distributed and diverse SAN and HCI environments. Once implemented, they help you to prevent downtime and maintain uninterrupted data access for continuous business operations.

No organization is immune to failures or outages, and when one occurs, IT teams will be under enormous pressure to restore operations fast. With SANsymphony, you can enhance your business continuity and disaster recovery preparedness to address unexpected outages and disasters and weather through these disruptive events.

Bypass Failures (HA)

Bypass Failures

Addresses smaller problems such as when one system or some of its components fail. Replicating data within a site or metro cluster in real time along with automatic fail over to the second copy ensures continuous data access without data loss.

Recover Remotely (DR)

Recover Remotely

Addresses larger outages (e.g., flood, fire, or power outages) that impact an entire region. Creating replicas in a remote/DR site can help quickly restore access and minimize the loss of in-flight data from that remote location.

Fall Back to Last Known Good State

fall back to last known good state

Enables recovery from unwanted changes, such as accidental data deletion, logic errors (bugs) or external attacks. Point-in-time backups and snapshots ensure that when such unforeseen events occur, data can be restored from a trusted copy.

Key Benefits

  • Continuous business operations despite equipment failures
  • Fast recovery from major outages
  • Immediately applicable to existing storage
  • Uniform high-end data protection services across diverse storage equipment
  • Non-disruptive technology refresh and expansion


Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solutions with SANsymphony

Easily Circumvent Storage Failures

In order to achieve continuous data access without data loss, data is copied between physically separate locations within a room, a campus or metropolitan area. These replicas appear as active-active copies to both physical locations, also called fault domains. In the case of an outage of one fault domain or parts thereof, automated failover ensures non-disruptive access from the redundant copy. Once the original cause has been isolated and repaired, the solution automatically resynchronizes mirrored copies on the failed system so it can again provide data services.


circumvent storage failures with DataCore business continuity disaster recovery solutions

“SANsymphony works extremely well from a high availability standpoint and allows for proactive and reactive failures – while still providing high performance. If one site goes down, the city can still function, and end-users don’t even know there is a problem. With DataCore, we can always stay up.”

Rebecca Chike, Systems Supervisor City of Carmel

Enable Recovery at a Remote Secondary/Disaster Recovery (DR) Site

To mitigate the impact of regional outages due to a disaster, SANsymphony asynchronously replicates data over a WAN between the primary site and the remote/DR site to achieve data redundancy. Longer network latency over these long distances precludes synchronous data copies. Data replicated to the DR site is available by application or users when conditions dictate switching over to the contingency infrastructure. This failover, as well as the resynchronization and failback after the original cause has been repaired, can be automated.

achieve data redundancy by asynchronously replicating data between the primary site and remote disaster recovery site

  • RTO is typically longer because the production applications at the DR site must be restarted.
  • RPO is also on the higher side since there is a period (typically, a few minutes) during which in-flight data never replicated to the DR site will be lost.

Asynchronous replication and site failover can also be used for controlled site switchover for scenarios such as planned site maintenance, scheduled power outage, construction activity, etc. Since these are activities that can be planned and workloads are first quiesced, RPO and RTO can be kept very low (down to zero).

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Ensure Point-in-Time Recovery of Data

Recovery from events such as accidental data deletion, ransomware attacks, and logic errors cannot be addressed through data replication because the unintended changes also apply to the redundant copy. Under these circumstances, one must rely on point-in-time copies made before the unwanted changes occurred. Popular backup tools provide one way of data protection to recover from such incidents. Also, snapshots could be used as a recovery point for data.

  • RTO strongly depends on the media used to store the point-in-time copy. It can vary between minutes and a couple of hours.
  • The impact on RPO could be much higher because it depends on the time difference between when the backup or snapshot was made until the time you decide to roll back.

In addition to  backup tool integration and storage snapshots, SANsymphony software offers continuous data protection (CDP) for more granular data recovery down to the second. For example, in the case of a ransomware attack, you could roll back to a known good point in time just before the breach happened, thereby achieving close to zero RPO and very fast RTO.

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RPO, RTO and RTA: The Storage Trifecta
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Your BC/DR Preparation Starts with Proper Planning

DataCore-authorized partners around the world are ready to assist you formulate practical and affordable BC/DR plans that take full advantage of the diverse equipment and facilities at your disposal. They typically structure the plans as follows:

  • Business continuity planning encompasses strategies to ensure that your business can operate with little to no downtime and while delivering continuous and secure data access. This includes techniques for non-disruptive hardware decommissioning and technology upgrades.
  • A disaster recovery plan describes methods to ensure that data access is restored as quickly as possible in the event that your data center, storage, or other infrastructure goes down, is damaged, or destroyed.

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