Curb your Catastrophes with Neil Kassal – Podcast #041

by | Aug 26, 2020 | Podcast | 8 comments

How many folks out there can truly say they know the exact value of their data for every application in their landscape?

Can they say they have a well-documented plan to failover their applications and services between their sites or the cloud in an emergency?

What kinds of activities or occurrences could lead to those plans being used? What kinds of disasters could impact their data center or cloud instances?

How automated is your failover plan? If it’s not automated, who will help you select orchestration technologies, make those plans and bring them into reality?

Data Center Therapy hosts Matt Yette and Matt Cozzolino welcomed me (Neil Kassal, Systems and Storage Consultant) in to share some thoughts on how to approach DR planning, what kinds of tools there are out there to automate testing & failover of recovery plans, and how the disaster recovery landscape has changed in the years I’ve been administering systems and consulting for customers.

This week we’ll explore:

  • The implications of having network layer 2 extension technologies (such as VMware’s NSX-T) on NOT having to change VM portgroups and IPs during failovers.
  • How changes from VMware may impact the landscape of software that can orchestrate disaster recovery testing and failover.
  • How technologies such as active/active clustering and replication can greatly ease planning for disasters and executing those plans if necessary. AND…
  • How in-application availability systems can be useful, but also how they can complicate the “one-button push” desired decisions to failover applications to DR sites.

Whether you’re new to disaster recovery planning or deeply involved with the availability of systems and applications at your business, there’s something for everyone in this short but jam-packed episode. Those well acquainted with open systems such as a GNU/Linux may get an extra chuckle on this one as Yette and I collectively reminisce about UNIX technologies like AIX and early RedHat releases.

After you’ve listened to the episode, we’ll leave you with this guidance: Knock down those Single Points of Failure in your environments; lead the charge for all the folks that depend on you for their applications to stay online. Be the data hero we all know you can be.

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