Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:01

Veeam automates disaster recovery with Availability Orchestrator

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Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery compliance.

According to the company, most DR failures result from outdated and untested plans, but Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) reduces the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.

"Enterprise customers are demanding not only availability, but also help in ensuring compliance," said Veeam vice-president of product strategy Danny Allan.

"In the event of a disaster, enterprises stand to lose millions in downtime, $21.8 million according to our latest Veeam Availability Report, as well as damaged reputation and lost productivity.

"Without having a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date, tested and documented, it's difficult to respond quickly when disaster strikes.

"With new Veeam Availability Orchestrator, enterprises can achieve a true availability platform, reduce costs, define their DR plans, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are able and ready to provide business continuity, even in the worst case scenario."

By providing orchestration, Veeam Availability Orchestrator eliminates error-prone manual processes associated with Veeam Backup & Replication replicas, and helps ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

Features include template-based documentation assists with compliance requirements, automated testing with no impact on the production environment, and reliable execution of multi-site DR failover and failback.

"Enterprises within the ANZ region for a long time have been focused on ensuring their ICT services have business and service continuity plans in place to meet a range of disaster scenarios and more importantly to ensure regulatory and compliance requirements. These plans, however are often decoupled from the ever changing infrastructure, platform, application and service changes that are in constant play and therefore require constant testing and invocation which is invariably costly due to the manual nature of execution as well as the downtime associated with invocation of the actual testing," said Veeam's ANZ head of systems engineering Nathan Steiner.

"Veeam Availability Orchestrator will bring unprecedented value in managing an enterprises virtualised ecosystem of apps, services and data more intelligently by seamlessly building, testing, and documenting an enterprise's in scope business continuity plan, ensuring compliance and providing validation during ongoing operations that their environments failover can be seamlessly orchestrated in the event of a disaster invocation scenario. This will allow for such tasks to become part of BAU (business as usual)."

"For our valued channel partners, VAO will offer the ability to deliver even more value through incremental services when it comes to the provisioning of seamless DR orchestration services. They will be able to offer significantly more value to our joint customers in meeting and managing their compliance requirements through the provision and use of VAO."

Veeam Availability Orchestrator is now available to customers with a Veeam Availability Suite or Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise Plus license.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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