Business continuity (also referred to as business reliance or business continuance) encompasses the activities that an enterprise performs to maintain consistency and recoverability of its data, operations, and services. Application availability depends upon the ability of IT services to survive any fault, whether it is a server failure, a network fault, or a datacenter disaster. Data availability depends on the existence of up-to-date backup data copies. Data replication is an enabling technology for achieving high or continuous availability for application services and the timely backup of important data.
Per Spiceworks: “…while 95 percent of organizations have a disaster recovery plan in place, 23 percent never test their plan. The findings indicate a lack of testing and coverage gaps within disaster recovery plans may be leading to service outages in many organizations.” Disaster Recovery plans necessitate an IT infrastructure that is continuously available.
Figure 1 states the numerous costs per hour of downtime by industry: healthcare loses $636K, retail $1.1M, financial $1.5M, manufacturing $1.6M, and Communications/Media/Entertainment $2M, with the average at $1.4M.
(Source: Network Computing, the Meta Group, Contingency Planning Research.)
As shown in the Business Continuity Continuum depicted in Figure 2, HPE Shadowbase solutions support a range of Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Availability level and amount of data loss improve from the lower left to the upper right, while moving horizontally from an active/passive through sizzling-hot-takeover to an active/active architecture, and moving vertically from asynchronous to synchronous data replication technology. RTOs of minutes to seconds is considered high availability, while RTOs of seconds to sub-seconds is considered continuous availability.
Today, businesses with access to real-time online transactional data have a competitive advantage. To gain the most potential from this data it must be current and available at any given time. The inability to access or update current data carries a significant business cost, possibly measured in many thousands of dollars per second.
*Note: Shadowbase ZDL architectures are future synchronous technologies; specifications are subject to change without notice, and delivery dates are not guaranteed.
HPE Shadowbase solutions offer a range of data replication capabilities to meet every application availability and data recoverability need. The overall return on investment in deploying a Shadowbase business continuity solution is positive, by preventing prolonged periods of downtime or data loss which can cost the business thousands or even millions of dollars. HPE Shadowbase data replication solutions support low-latency, uni-directional, and bi-directional data replication between homogeneous and heterogeneous systems and databases with scalability, selectivity, and sophisticated data transformation and mapping facilities. Shadowbase data replication software provides a business continuity solution to meet any business requirement.