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Artisan Infrastructure Announces Improvements To IT Continuity Engine

By - Source: Artisan Infrastructure

Artisan Infrastructure has announced some improvements to its business continuity and disaster recovery solution. The IT Continuity Engine now supports VMware vCenter Server and can make effective use of its vMotion technology in its solutions for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR).

Traditionally, organizations start to look at business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) to maintain their operations after some catastrophe at the server, datacenter or regional level. The organizations begin by stating a need to be back online after only a few minutes, and with practically no loss of data. However, as they realize that shorter recovery time (RT) and smaller recovery point (RP) to minimize the data loss brings with it an exponentially higher cost, those lofty dreams of being back online in only a few minutes after a disaster come crashing down against the reality of the cost of those expensive data processing, duplicate datacenters, and hardware redundancies.

Finally, a much reduced vision takes shape. After considering the cost vs. the business needs, it is acceptable to be able to be back online after two days with a one-day loss of data. “Hey, after all,” they rationalize, “It’s a disaster.”

Today, through effective use of cloud-based infrastructure and DNS routing, the hardware capacity doesn’t have to be a huge burden. There are automation platforms for managing and keeping environments consistent and reproducible. Even the cost and ease with which you can backup and batch process the data between geographically disperse regions provides a hope. Suddenly, the idea of a very fast response time and a minimal data loss looks achievable.

That’s exactly the approach that Artisan Infrastructure is taking with its BCDR and HA plans. By using its software, you can elect a single server or your entire datacenter to be highly available. A two-node configuration allows for either a hot-standby in the same datacenter or a remote backup that is ready to be enabled if the need arises. Three-node configurations can also be chosen to allow both the hot-standby and the DR solution.

Taking this approach definitely has its benefits. Making the switch between the primary datacenter and the backup datacenter can be done in under two minutes with a minimal loss of data. The cost is not completely eliminated, but compared to what a disaster recovery solution like that would have cost 10 years ago, it may as well be. Pricing for the IT Continuity Engine varies based on what is required, with options for both single VMs and physical hosts. Typical costs for a VM are around $3,000 for a perpetual license.

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