Achieve Zero RTO through Automated Data Recovery

Achieve Zero RTO through Automated Data Recovery

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No one wants to lose a storage volume. Ever.

When a volume fails in traditional environments, performing a full recovery for all data in the volume can take hours. During this time, applications using this data that have no failover are down completely. Business comes to a standstill, and incoming IT tickets add even more stress to the situation. Shortening the time between a fail and the fix is critical to getting business back on track as quickly as possible.

Automate Recovery with a Single Step

DataSphere is a data management platform that makes different storage simultaneously available to applications to help you get data back online fast. With DataSphere, organizations can dramatically improve their disaster recovery (DR) profile, integrate seamlessly with cloud or object stores, and shrink downtime in the event of a volume failure from hours to just minutes.

Here's how volume failure recovery happens quickly with DataSphere system:

  1. When a volume goes down, DataSphere automatically marks the volume as “Suspected” and alerts admins.
  2. Once admins verify the volume has failed, they delete the volume from the DataSphere namespace. This is the only action IT must take—DataSphere handles the rest.
  3. As DataSphere automatically detects that the failed volume is gone, it copies files from the backup storage location, which can include on-premises object and public cloud stores. DataSphere’s cloud integration capabilities enable applications to use data recovered from cloud/object storage immediately, without requiring applications to be modified to use object data.

Shrink Recovery Times from Hours to Minutes, or Even Zero

In addition to automating the recovery process, DataSphere minimizes recovery times by:

  • Smart data recovery. DataSphere restores files in order of their importance, so high priority files will be restored first to minimize business impact
  • Enabling applications to immediately access copied data. Instead of waiting for an entire volume to be recovered, applications in a DataSphere system can access data as soon as it has been copied to primary storage. If an application attempts to open a file that has not yet been copied, DataSphere will immediately begin copying that file. This means that clients will likely see no interruption in access, and only a small slowdown if they attempt to access data not yet copied from the archive. If admins have deleted the volume from DataSphere before apps attempt to access the data, the recovery time is zero.

Finally, in addition to automating and accelerating volume failure recovery, DataSphere also makes it easy for admins to identify the data that was lost in the event of a failure, tagging files that were updated after the most recent snapshot.

Figure 1. When volumes fail, DataSphere automates recovery without data going offline.

With DataSphere, organizations will immediately know when a volume has failed. Recovery can start automatically to get data back online in just a few minutes. This capability is of immense value considering that the cost of application downtime can range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 dollars per hour, depending on how critical the app is to business.

Want to learn more about how DataSphere can improve your resiliency and help you integrate backups and snapshotting seamlessly with the cloud? Connect with us at to schedule a meeting or demo.

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