Monday, 06 August 2018 15:40

How do you protect your business with geo-diverse availability zones?

By Nicki Pereira, CTO Zettagrid

Down time can happen at any time: Be prepared

IT system down time can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons ranging from user error to a region-wide natural disaster. Every business operating in today’s online world needs to have preventative measures in place to ensure they can continue to operate while recovering from a down time incident.

The cloud has made enterprise disaster recovery affordable

Disaster Recovery solutions and services have been around for many years. However, investing in a Disaster Recovery solution was an expensive option and way out of reach of many smaller organisations.

They simply did not have the financial resources and could not warrant the investment needed for true enterprise disaster recovery.

The increase of cloud services in recent years has brought with it cost-effective disaster recovery services which conform to true enterprise standards. Today innovative services give organisations the ability to replicate their entire on-premise IT environments to the cloud at fraction of the cost.

The primary goal of disaster recovery has changed

The ultimate objective of any disaster recovery solution has always been to protect business from a systems failure.

In the past, a systems failure may not necessarily have had a serious impact on an organisation’s ability to operate. Because of this, the primary goal of traditional disaster recovery plans was the protection of the organisation’s revenue stream and perhaps its voice and digital communication platforms.

In an online world where near perfect uptime is the expectation of every online user, organisations have had to alter their disaster recovery plans to ensure they protect any system which has an impact on the organisation’s online availability.

Disaster recovery plans now need to include a business continuity component to ensure your organisation stays online while a disaster recovery restore process is in effect.

Geo-diverse availability zones add an extra layer of crucial resiliency

The utilisation of cloud based geo-diverse availability zones, as the underlying architecture of a high availability disaster recovery plan, is a cost effective but highly resilient solution to the challenges facing organisations with regard to availability in an online world.

If an outage impacts an organisation’s IT operations in a particular zone due to a Ransomware attack, network administration error or even a natural disaster, their IT can be up and running within minutes in a different zone until the primary site recovers.

Zettagrid - protecting cloud and on-premise environments
Zettagrid is Australia’s most advanced self-service cloud infrastructure platform and is built on industry leading innovative cloud solutions powered by VMware.

Zettagrid’s cloud platform offers Virtual Data Centre and Virtual Servers which you can create in any configuration you require on Zettagrid’s cloud-based VMware platform.

In addition, Zettagrid offers industry leading data protection solutions which complement, enhance and protect services on the Zettagrid cloud platform. These services consist of a cloud backup and replication service and an enterprise grade disaster recovery solution aptly named SecondSite.

Customers can choose to replicate their on-premise VMware environment to SecondSite by simply enabling replication to Zettagrid’s SecondSite disaster recovery service.

For organisations already operating a VMware powered infrastructure, SecondSite is the perfect solution.

Zettagrid SecondSite Interzone – geo-redundancy through replication

Customers who already house their primary infrastructure on Zettagrid can now easily and efficiently protect their environment from a disaster with SecondSite Interzone.

SecondSite Interzone, launched in July 2017, enables customers who are already on the Zettagrid cloud platform to replicate their cloud environment to other Zettagrid availability zones located in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Zettagrid SecondSite ensures business continuity and data integrity

Zettagrid’s SecondSite platform not only offers every enterprise feature required of a disaster recovery solution but also delivers true redundancy with its Interzone replication service and multiple availability zones.

Zettagrid’s service also offers the option to journal transactional data back to before the event took place which means minimised financial and operational impact to the business as no transactional record is ever lost.

In addition, as the SecondSite service is cloud based, the organisation’s staff and customers can connect to it from anywhere ensuring business continues while the disaster is moderated and ultimately resolved.

Getting started with Zettagrid SecondSite Interzone

SecondSite allows you to replicate from on-premise into Zettagrid, however we now offer SecondSite Interzone. SecondSite Interzone now allows you to replicate your VDCs between Zettagrid Zones. Once you have purchased a VDC you can simply enable replication of any of those VM's for only $109/VM/mth to a different geographical availability zone.

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About Zettagrid

Zettagrid is an award-winning Australian cloud provider of IT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for businesses. Zettagrid offers enterprise grade, on-demand data centre infrastructure with direct network connectivity. All services are fully automated and delivered without contracts to help lower customers' capital expenditures ensuring the reliability and flexibility businesses need. A subsidiary of the Zetta Group, Zettagrid operates in more data centres than any other cloud provider in Australia, with zones currently in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Jakarta. As a result, Zettagrid provides true operational diversity to any organisation nationally. Learn more at

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