When was the last time your organization was able to safely and successfully test and validate the recoverability of all the management components of an enterprise size VMware infrastructure under 20 minutes? Maybe never? If so why?

The reality is that this is a difficult task to achieve especially when having to adhere to strict recovery time objectives. The difficulty of the task may be due to the task complexity, time consumption, operations, dependencies, etc. There are lots of critical reasons as to why this is a challenge.

Business Continuity

VMware recommends organizations to run and maintain all the infrastructure management components that manage services or features for business applications (management stack) such as orchestration, auditing, authentication, automation, service catalogs, etc. in a separate and dedicated cluster. The cluster is typically referred to as the management cluster. This recommendation helps to prevent contention between business and infrastructure related applications, and it is also beneficial for business continuity planning.

When planning business continuity for enterprise organizations, in the event of a disaster or failure the primary focus is always on the line of business applications. I’m not advocating against it, but what I want to point out is the fact that without the managing infrastructure components that support and provides all of the different infrastructure and management services to the lines of business applications, it will be much tougher to bring back the applications and get the business back on track. The business applications may not be able to function until the management stack is online.

Test and Development

In today’s enterprise organizations, there is a demand for the test and development of applications to be as close and as accurate as possible to the application and data found in the production environments. That can be challenging to achieve at times for many reasons. It is now simple to restore a VM or an application to the infrastructure, but in a lot of cases, applications depend on core infrastructure services that won’t be available in the test and development environments.

That is yet again another tough challenge in the data center that is also worth thinking about and explores opportunities to identify a way or a solution that can help.

What if I say that Cohesity provides a solution that can potentially address the challenges described above? Cohesity’s converged data protection & recovery solution with near-instant recovery capabilities presents a compelling solution to the problems mentioned here.

As an example, take a look at the demonstration below based on a solution we have developed VMware Cloud Foundation. The demonstration highlights the recoverability of the VMware Cloud Foundation management stack in under 20 minutes. The solution and approach can be applied to both business continuity as well as test and development scenarios.

Pay attention as this is a recoverability scenario and not necessarily availability. The demonstration showcases the complete loss and deletion of all of the VMs that are stored and running in the vSAN Datastore.

This solution can be applied to management infrastructures that aren’t necessarily based on VMware Cloud Foundation. This has been tested and validated to works with any VMware vSphere related infrastructure.
For some extended reading, here is a link to a VMware and Cohesity white paper that was published on this solution.

Enterprise Protection and Recoverability for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) with Cohesity


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