Continuous availability and disaster recovery work together to keep IT going

By Jason Cowie, Director of Global Strategic Alliances –

Investment in enterprise disaster recovery has significantly increased in recent years. There’s a clear need for the technology, with downtime costing companies both financially and in terms of reputation with customers. Continuous availability requires that infrastructure (or the applications running on it) cannot be interrupted at all and are often reported as “Five 9s” or offering 99.999 percent availability, which equates to just more than 5 minutes per year of planned or unplaced outages in total. Spending on solutions that promote business continuity enhance competitiveness where global users never sleep. This is by no means a case against disaster recovery, but there have to be solutions in place to limit the number and kinds of disasters and, more importantly, guarantee the continuous availability and quality of service of today’s application-centric computing environments.

Encouraging continuous availability with proactive monitoring

Guaranteed availability needs to be the goal for any and all IT departments, but maintaining that standard often seems to come with significant time and resource investments. If workers can identify problems in matter of minutes, instead of hours or days, those issues can’t wreak the kind of havoc that results in downtime. Performance monitoring solutions are at the crux of continuous availability. IT teams don’t need a bunch of information. They need answers. Even the most experienced IT worker will have his work cut out for him when all he has to solve a problem is a data set without context or analytics.

IPM complement disaster recovery solutions

Infrastructure performance management (IPM) processes data from every component of an ecosystem to identify the problem before it leads to outages, and, while it can’t prevent disasters resulting from causes outside of the company, it can identify the pervasive internal infrastructure obstacles that all too often lead to outages in their own right. Disasters of a larger scale, those related to widespread outages or inclement weather, prove disaster recovery’s overall value, but the day-to-day threats can be eliminated with solutions designed to highlight budding performance issues.

With the end-to-end visibility IPM offers, enterprise IT teams can establish service level objectives (SLOs) for optimized performance. Minor latency issues frequently go undetected or ignored because departments don’t have the ability to granularly inspect millisecond transactions. Proactive monitoring with IPM eliminates the plethora of minuscule issues that quickly become problematic in the form of latency, outages or unavailability.

Disaster recovery can save a company millions of dollars by restoring lost data during outages. IPM, on the other hand, can save companies just as much by preventing unnecessary downtime while providing unparalleled visibility into infrastructure performance.

IPM with Virtual Instruments can promote the uptime and availability your company needs to avoid major data disasters.