Within an enterprise IT environment, a lot can go wrong when it comes to disaster recovery. When an application is unavailable, a sequence of tasks needs to be executed in exactly the right order to recover it. Given that multiple applications all have their own requirements, you can see how easy it is for things to go awry when an application is being recovered.
Looking to give IT organizations more control over the disaster recovery process, Veeam Software has developed Veeam Availability Orchestrator, an add-on module for its disaster recovery software for hypervisor environments that provides an orchestration engine through which IT organizations can test, document and, most importantly, execute a disaster recovery plan.
Doug Hazelman, vice president of product strategy for Veeam Software, says Veeam Availability Orchestrator is designed to enable IT organizations to define a set of disaster recovery policies that are then executed by the orchestration engine. That approach means that no one in the IT organization needs to have programming skills to execute a complicated set of recovery procedures.
As a result, Hazelman adds, IT organizations can have more confidence in their service level agreements (SLAs) because they’ll know exactly how long it will take them to recover an application in the event of a disaster. At the same time, Hazelman notes, testing those disaster recovery procedures will be a lot simpler.
It’s not at all uncommon for an IT organization to overlook one step or another when attempting to manually recover from a disaster. Obviously, it’s not impossible to recover from that mistake. But an orchestration engine helps automate the recovery process in a way that takes away all the surprises. As most IT professionals know, just about any surprise in IT is going to be a bad one.