As the CIO or the Head of IT for your company, your strategic responsibilities include driving business innovation, identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation, and developing new go-to-market strategies and technologies – all this while upgrading and simplifying IT, and reducing IT spending (2017 State of the CIO research). This seems contradictory, but it is indeed possible to ensure smooth and successful business operations, innovate for the future and get the most bang for your buck while curbing your IT spend.
There are a number of new practices that you can implement to ensure resilience of key IT systems and business services. These approaches include regular backups of your data, and ensuring disaster recovery by completely automating and monitoring critical services on a continuous basis. A novel solution that Netflix has implemented is their Simian Army, which tests whether their environment can withstand IT failures. But not all organizations have an endless supply of manpower and services to build their own armies. A resilient business and consequently resilient IT is about designing the right architecture plus including the right solutions to help reduce the probability of failure and ensure predictability of business uptime.
A key step to ensuring predictable business resiliency is to craft a strategy that ensures a proactive approach to resiliency and data protection regardless of whether business workloads and data reside on premises, or across private, public or hybrid clouds. Historically, the IT community has looked at data center reliability through the lens of reactive defense. However, as the definition of the data center expands beyond the scope of your own four walls to cloud services like AWS, Azure and Google it is more important than ever to maintain an iron grip on your organization’s workloads and information for two reasons. One – because your business workloads and associated information (data) are the life blood of your organization and two – there’s no dearth today of cyber-attacks, natural disasters, malware threats, hackers or even just plain old human error. Without your workloads and information secure and protected before disaster strikes, it can be a rough road to success.
Many organizations take a fragmented approach to solving this problem by using point tools across their data center environments. One solution for physical backups, another for virtual backups, another for data replication and yet more for high availability, disaster recovery and cloud migration. When you have so many tools you are reliant on information from multiple teams to gauge the health of your business. This fractured approach to business resiliency results in low visibility, high opex costs and an increased risk of extended downtime. Without knowing in real-time how your business is meeting critical service level agreements, making informed business decisions can get tricky.
Despite complex and dispersed data center infrastructures, it’s possible to ensure predictable resiliency for all business workloads having different service level objectives without herculean efforts. To do this, your business requires:
• A unified approach that takes into account resiliency for all applications including technology and service dependencies.
• A simple, automated solution so your business isn’t dependent on specialized or extensive manual input.
• The ability to test and re-test your recovery preparedness with ease and whenever required.
What you need is a strategy that gives you actionable value. This is possible via a unified approach to resiliency. To achieve this you need to ensure that your data protection and disaster recovery solutions that talk to each other and provide you with actionable value so you aren’t left doing the math yourself during a crisis. Such a unified approach will remove fragmentation in your environment and increase visibility so you can be confident about your business decisions.
As your enterprise continuously innovates to meet changing business needs by adding new applications, new virtualization technologies and new compute choices, Veritas empowers you to stay ahead of the game and ensure 24×7 business continuity with a unified and proactive approach to data protection and business resiliency. Learn about how your business can achieve unified resiliency and innovate on your terms for the future, without breaking the bank.