Are high availability and disaster recovery the same thing? High availability and disaster recovery are both very important and meaningful for business continuity but should be considered as completely different topics. In a recent webinar, Consultant and DBA Michael Wall, teaches you all you need to know about HR and DR, as well as how you should be using them in your environment.
Keeping businesses online and operational is a key concern, no matter the nature of your downtime. Most companies don’t focus on business continuity until it’s too late or have incomplete, untested barebones recovery plans. High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Backup are all critical to a complete business continuity solution. In a recent webinar, Senior Principal Architect Chris Seferlis discussed how leveraging Azure for disaster recovery and business continuity is the most effective way to ensure you’re protected.
There’s a lot of talk about storage options. When working with customers, I often introduce them to Azure through storage, since it’s a great way to leverage cloud assets in a positive, non-threatening way.
As data platform professionals, our number one responsibility is to make sure that the data we are providing to our customers and users is available to them whenever they need it. The last thing we want to have happen is for our business to lose a customer because their “highly available” data wasn’t available when needed or, worse yet, a datacenter-related disaster meant their data was lost and never available to them.
High Availability, just mentioning these words brings fear to some and delight to others. Gartner describes High Availability “As business operations’ dependency on IT infrastructure continues to increase in response to the need for faster and leaner business processes, the need for these systems to be highly available also increases. Not only do high-availability designs focus on automatically detecting and reacting to failures, but, more importantly, they also focus on mitigating the downtime required for standard maintenance tasks. This Reference Architecture template outlines the approach and architecture to achieve high-availability of IT service infrastructure.”