As humans we tend to fear the unknown and the unexpected. I remember as a kid that my younger brother took great pleasure in hiding around corners and yelling “Boo!” as I walked by. For me, the fear of someone or something potentially lurking around the corner was more frightening than the actual thing itself.
It should come as no surprise that as working professionals in the technology industry, the fear of unforeseen disasters and the potential negative impact they could have on our data centers and our day-to-day enterprise operations is a scary thing. According to a 2015 CIO.com article, fear of downtime is one of the top concerns that keeps IT executives up at night. In fact, 42% of IT executives believe that products and services that aid in disaster recovery (DR) should be among the last items to receive budget cuts.
At Oracle, we look to assuage these concerns with some enhanced capabilities for DR on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. A few months back, we announced some key enhancements, including a comprehensive DR architecture for Private Cloud Appliance enabled through Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard. Now, let’s dive a little deeper into how the solutions works for the most common DR mechanisms.
In order to have a proper plan of action for when disaster strikes, it is important to have a solution that enables you to prepare and execute switchovers effectively. Switchovers can be described as planned transitions of workloads, such as virtual machines, applications and data, from one site to another. For example, if you have a multi-site, active-standby DR strategy, you can leverage Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard to setup a switchover operations plan from your primary to standby site. When it comes time to execute, you can stop applications at your primary site, switchover storage repositories, and bring up your standby site, all at a click of a button. By using the automation built into the Oracle solution to routinely perform switchovers at non-disruptive times, you can reliably meet your service level objectives such as recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).
Failovers, or unplanned transitions of workloads from one site to another, can be executed in a similar way on the Private Cloud Appliance. So long as you have properly set up your failover operations plan on Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard, should an unforeseen event occur, you can use the built-in intelligence to stand up applications at your standby site and still ensure that you predictably meet your RTOs and RPOs.
It is also important to note that with Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard, you can do more than just DR. You can leverage the solution to permanently migrate workloads from one site to another. You can even migrate data from a Test/Dev environment in the Cloud to a production environment on-premises. And what’s more – you can manage both your private and public clouds using Oracle Enterprise Manager for a truly hybrid cloud model.
If you would like to see what step-by-step examples of typical switchover and failover operations plans, don’t miss our Disaster Recovery 101 with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance webcast presented by Director of Product Management, Krishna Srinivasan.