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There are many adventurers in the world who set out on a journey without preparation and solve new situations or problems as they come. And if something doesn't work out, at least they have an experience they can share with friends or the community. However, such an approach is not acceptable in the field of informatics. Especially when you have responsibility for customers, employees, operation of the company, its systems and data. In these situations, it is advisable to have a plan and a "lifeboat" ready to support you when a serious breakdown or a catastrophic event occurs. Of course, it is optimal that this "lifeboat" is not unnecessarily expensive, is easy to maintain and is inflatable so that it does not take up unnecessarily much space. You simply unpack it and launch it when you need it.
Outage is coming. So preparation is important.
The advantage of cloud environment is that as a company you can have various levels of disaster recovery solutions implemented, from simple data backup to cloud storage to complex, actively operating redundant systems. In other words, in a cloud environment, you do not necessarily have to run your systems to the full extent and capacity. This means that your system can be operated in a minimal, i.e. economically advantageous configuration, and in the event of a failure, the capacities are operationally and automatically increased so that standard operation can work in it. From an economic point of view, this is a significant cost optimization, as under normal circumstances you only pay the "maintenance fee" and you only pay for the target capacity and services in case of emergency.
The goal of DRaaS, as provided by eGroup Solutions, is to set up the overall processes that respond to an accident or problem, and their role is to provide IT services repeatedly from an alternative location. The moment the outage affects the primary operating systems, the total service recovery time depends not only on the availability of infrastructure, but especially on the data recovery speed, settings of communication flows, integration into the existing environment, access security and running routine operational and support processes over the “disaster recovery” environment. It is therefore important that people with rich experience take care of this critical scenario. At eGroup Solutions, we can choose meaningful "disaster recovery" solutions at the beginning of the IT architecture design, which take into account the size of your business, your financial capabilities, technological and operational requirements, says Ing. Ján Szuda, PhD., Technical Director of eGroup Solutions, a. s.
Suitable applications for the cloudAn important part of the design of optimal cloud architecture for the DRaaS solution is also the selection of suitable application solutions that are ready for use in the cloud and thus significantly simplify the continuity of business processes in the event of disaster recovery.
The big advantage is to have software that is ready for the cloud, such as a suite of IBM Cloud Paksproducts that are even capable of working with artificial intelligence and that are ready for operation in the cloud or in a hybrid environment.
One such example of choosing a suitable product is the integration platform solution of the IBM Cloud Paks for Integration, i.e. the central point through which all systems exchange information with each other. Cloud systems must be able to ensure the flow of information.
What is the role of eGroup Solutions and how is the situation assessed in a nutshell? So how do you build Disaster Recovery in a cloud environment? The first step is to analyse the entire environment, based on which experts will create an overall strategy for the continuity of IT services. Subsequently, possible target architectures are analysed and an optimal solution variant is proposed. The key is correct understanding of customer's requirements, i. e. what IT services he uses, which services are critical for him and what are the continuity requirements for the given service. It is also necessary to simply estimate whether, in the event of a failure, it is necessary to resume the operation of the IT service within a few minutes, hours or a recovery within a few days is sufficient. As the price and the technological solutions used depend on this. The client must correctly understand that if he wants to have everything available non-stop and without downtime, then it has a major impact on the technological complexity of the solution. And the more complex the solutions, naturally the more costly they are.