As IT becomes more aligned with the business, priorities have been been shifting from a Disaster Recovery viewpoint to a Business Resiliency focus. Further, the level of resiliency required is not universal within the organization – it can be variable by department, business unit and functionality. The methods to achieve business resiliency also vary depending on underlying infrastructure and application architecture.
While companies still need to be prepared to respond to disasters and disruptive events, it is no longer practical to simply establish backup operations at a remote location, and have a complete failover to the backup site when necessary.
With interconnected applications working in concert to provide higher value to the business, with components running on a mixture of conventional, cloud and SaaS services, this “one size fits all” approach to business continuity is becoming less practical over time.
There are 4 fundamental approaches being taken for business resiliency. Most organizations have a mixture in their overall continuity plan:
- High availability, redundant, nonstop operations at the application level
- Full failover to disaster recovery site when primary location is lost
- Partial failure and recovery (for example, what to do if you lose a cloud service temporarily or critical piece of non-redundant infrastructure)
- Ad hoc recovery from an obscure disruption not accounted for in the partial failure / recovery plans
There are common threads in all scenarios that must be addressed:
- End-to-end application availability is the only valid business metric for up and down
- Applications run on shared infrastructure – data centers, cloud providers, servers, storage and networks. Most of the shared infrastructure is managed in silos within the organization.
By converging the business needs, application dependencies and infrastructure into a single system, TransitionManager can be used to address each of these business resiliency approaches while breaking through the limitations and challenges of silo-based operations.
TransitionManager is the ideal platform for transformation orchestration and business resiliency. It transcends the silo tools to establish an actionable “vault of truth” of your complete environment. It includes the ability to generate step by step runbooks for each failure scenario and can be used for higher level planning and ad hoc decision support for unaccounted failure scenarios.