T-Systems is expanding its range of vCloud services to include predictable disaster recovery to and from the cloud. The disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is powered by the Veritas Resiliency Platform, business continuity software from Veritas, a leader in multi-cloud data management.
With this service, customers can ensure automatic failover and failback for their critical business applications even in complex multi-tier ecosystems. The T‑Systems DSI vCloud DRaaS service orchestrates the multi-stage recovery process in the background with single click functionality. This helps customers reduce their operating costs by using one global single service covering their distributed physical, virtual and cloud environments. The service also makes it easy for customers to test their disaster recovery strategy in a non-disruptive way. Organizations will be able to proactively automate business recovery that can meet their critical recovery time requirements.
Nowadays, companies operate their applications in a largely virtualized manner and distribute them across different locations in private, hybrid and public clouds. In the past, standalone tools and manual processes were generally needed to monitor this infrastructure mix.
As a technology-independent cloud integrator, T-Systems has now adopted Veritas technology to offer customers a single resiliency solution based on the Veritas Resiliency Platform. In the event of a failover, VRP will use the vCloud offering Dynamic Services for Infrastructure with VMware vCloud (DSI vCloud) as the disaster recover destination.
T-System’s integrated solution functions independently of the underlying infrastructure, is easily manageable and provides full automation for recovery operations including failover, failback and testing. T-Systems is offering the solution in all major economic regions including Europe, the United States and in Southeast Asia.
“With the technology from Veritas, we have completely automated the complete solution and can consequently offer our customers a service that is unique in the market,” says Frank Strecker, responsible for cloud business and the cloud ecosystem at Deutsche Telekom. “In our capacity as a cloud integrator, we are making it as easy as possible for our customers to use cloud services in a secure manner.”
“Our clients want to take full advantage of everything cloud technology has to offer and deploy it flexibly in a variety of scenarios,” says Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer, Veritas. “Thanks to the Veritas Resilience Platform and the service of T-Systems, customers can operate disaster recovery predictably and reliably to and from the cloud independently of the underlying infrastructure.”
Additional technical details
Instead of having to maintain expensive data centers that are brought online when main production data centers fail, customers can now link their networks to the required computing resources using T-Systems DSI vCloud DRaaS to help reduce capital expenditure. They can also make use of Service Level Objective Templates that offer the right Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) settings uniquely applied to their critical applications, reducing extensive manual operations. This makes the entire disaster recovery process predictable and easily manageable.
Working with an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), customers can activate the recovery process with a single mouse click, mirroring their applications and services to the virtual counterpart in the T-Systems cloud. In the case of a failover, vCloud DRaaS uses secure built in data movers to switch the business workloads from the customers` on-premises environment to the T-Systems DSI vCloud.
To setup the disaster recovery process, Veritas Resiliency Platform uses auto discovery to identify even the most complex multi-tier application ecosystems and allows customer to orchestrate the complete disaster process with simple drag and drop. An integrated single web-based dashboard in the graphical user interface (GUI) provides real-time monitoring and reporting on how business applications are meeting service level objectives. Customers will also see statistical data on how long recovery will take via non-disruptive recovery rehearsals.