SIS takes a collaborative approach to develop a hybrid DR solution that minimizes risk, maximizes recovery, technical capabilities and existing infrastructure
A large Midwest provider of health insurance plans was looking for a better defense against a catastrophic event. They were struggling with their existing Disaster Recovery (DR) provider; the off-site tape-based solution wasn’t able to scale to meet their growing environment, was very expensive and had Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)/Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) that were unacceptable to their business. DR tests took DAYS to perform, there HAD to be a better answer…
As a proactive measure, the customer conducted a comprehensive analysis of their Disaster Recovery requirements and a vendor search; which lead them to collaborate with SIS on a Disaster Recovery Assessment. One objective of the assessment was to evaluate the costs and benefits between using a co-location facility or leveraging a cloud based solution.
To meet their recovery objectives, the SIS team would need to architect both solutions to fit an RTO of four (4) hours and an RPO of ten (10) minutes for critical applications at less cost than the current provider.
SIS’ first step, as part of their standard engagement methodology, was to engage with the customer in an assessment taking into consideration the capabilities and requirements across their current environment:
→ UNIX and Intel servers
→ Block and file storage
→ Data Protection (replication and backups)
→ Traditional data and voice networks
→ 150 critical applications and interdependent applications
→ Facility requirements
→ Access/control and security
Weighing the pros and cons of a co-location or a cloud based solution; it was determined that a hybrid Cloud DR solution would best fit their requirements. The Hybrid Cloud allowed them to leverage some of their existing infrastructure and technical capabilities in complement with cloud based infrastructure. This approach provides significant economic as well as technical benefits.
The new DR solution is expected to save them millions of dollars over the next 6 years. Their IT team has already completed two successful DR tests since the solution was implemented. The first test included 4 critical applications for fail over and application consistency. The test was successfully completed in less than 45 minutes. The second test had an expanded scope, including 40 servers and 40 databases. Even with the additional servers and databases; test 2 successfully completed in 28 minutes. The IT team now has a DR solution that gives them an RPO of <10 minutes and RTO of <4hours; and can be initiated in a matter of minutes from their desk, the comfort of their home, or a favorite coffee shop.