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Protecting Nutanix Workloads with DRaaS

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This post was authored by Dean Nicolls, VP of Marketing at Infrascale

Over the years Nutanix has built a very comprehensive Enterprise Cloud operating system that extends beyond just hyperconvergence. Nutanix has all the major enterprise functionality like deduplication, compression, erasure coding, snapshots, and (a)-sync replication in its hyper converged solution. But something has always been missing.

That something is disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

So, what is DRaaS and how does it work?

DRaaS is a computing service that protects on-premise servers, applications and data from disruption caused by disaster. Technically speaking, DRaaS is the replication and hosting of your on-premise physical or virtual servers onto a local appliance and/or a cloud computing environment. In the event of system failure – including micro- and macro-disasters, you can instantly switch, or failover, from using your production systems to using their replicas on the appliance or in the cloud. When the disaster has passed, you can switch back, or failback, to your production systems – updated with of all changes that occurred while they were down.

Infrascale Disaster Recovery can also play a larger role in conjunction when with Nutanix. It can be used as a vehicle to instantly migrate your workloads “as-is” from your existing hardware to Nutanix. Infrascale reduces migration costs and accelerates your move to Nutanix - shortening the payback period and increasing the ROI of your Nutanix investment.

The timing for this new integration couldn’t be better when you consider these macro trends:

Mitigate Against Ransomware

It’s one thing for a user’s files to get infected by ransomware, it’s quite another to have a production database or mission-critical application infected. But, restoring these databases and apps for a traditional backup solution (appliance, cloud or tape-based backup) will take hours or even days — which can cost your business tens of thousands of dollars in lost business. With DRaaS, you can quickly and painlessly recover from ransomware attacks in minutes by booting up mission-critical applications from backed up VMs on the Nutanix appliance.

Spilt coffee, Squirrels, Power Surges & Acts of God

When it comes to disasters, most of us think in terms of the cataclysmic, but the top causes of downtime are hardware failures and human error, representing about 75% of all unplanned downtime. Finding, purchasing, receiving and installing new hardware takes time. With DRaaS, keep your business running in the cloud while all that stuff is sorted out.

Lift & Shift Workloads

Once you have protected your physical servers and virtual machines on Nutanix, you can also quickly push them to Nutanix as native VMs, running natively on VMware, Hyper-V or Nutanix AHV, and leave them there permanently, running as the new production instances.

How will DRaaS Works with Nutanix

Our mission with this integration is to make it trivially simple to deploy Infrascale disaster-recovery-as-a-service software onto your existing appliances to enhance the Nutanix-native DR capabilities.

Infrascale Disaster Recovery is a virtual machine that runs on the Nutanix hyperconverged appliance. It runs on any of Nutanix-supported hypervisors, including vSphere, Hyper-V or Nutanix AHV. It is managed using Prism, just like any other VM running in Nutanix. Physical servers and virtual machines, and their applications and data are captured, copied and stored with Infrascale Disaster Recovery. Backups and recoveries are controlled from within the Infrascale Disaster Recovery Management Console. System replicas can also be run inside of Infrascale Disaster Recovery as a “nested virtual machine” – it runs inside Infrascale Disaster Recovery, which itself runs inside of Nutanix.

Performance will be nearly identical as if it were running natively on Nutanix, and maybe better than when it was running on the original servers. System replicas can also be pushed to Nutanix, where they will run as native VMs. Finally, these VMs can also be replicated to the cloud so as to keep a redundant copy in a geographically distant location to insure against a large-scale natural disaster.

Key DRaaS features that are included with the Nutanix integration:

Protected Systems: Infrascale protects over 100 versions of the most popular operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Unix, VMware and Hyper-V.

Failover Guarantee: Infrascale offers an industry-leading 15-minute SLA for failover but has actually realized actual recovery times that averages 70 seconds.

Drag & Drop Orchestration: Use our drag-and-drop orchestration workflow editor to specify the order in which machines are recovered, create groups of machines to boot simultaneously, and specify time intervals between system boots.

Built-In Networking Configuration: Infrascale Disaster Recovery rebuilds your network automatically using software defined networking – effectively capturing a complete replica of your on-premise data center in the cloud.

Unlimited DR Testing: With Infrascale, say goodbye to formal declarations of disasters. Now, you can test with impunity with push-button ease and unlimited DR testing.

Radical Transparency: We publish our actual recovery times to document just how fast we can recover systems. Check out our CloudBoot™ Histogram and discover the fastest DRaaS solution on the market.

About Infrascale

Infrascale is a provider of the most powerful disaster recovery solution in the world. Founded in 2011, the company aims to give every company the ability to recover from a disaster - quickly, easily and affordably. Combining intelligent software with the power of the cloud is how Infrascale cracks the disaster recovery cost barrier without complex and expensive hardware, enabling any company to restore operations in minutes with the push of a button. Infrascale equips businesses with the confidence to handle the unexpected by providing less downtime, greater security, and always-on availability.

Infrascale was named a Leader in Gartner's 2017 Disaster Recovery as a Service Magic Quadrant. Infrascale was also ranked as the #1 DRaaS solution for "Low Complexity" environments and #2 for "Medium Complexity" environments in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities Report.

Start Your Cloud Adoption Journey with Us

Together, Nutanix and Infrascale provide a unified data protection and DRaaS solution. This unique integration lets you move more of your workloads to Nutanix to provide operational resiliency, help eliminate downtime and reduce the risk of data loss. Never before has downtime been so costly and paralyzing – eradicate it with Infrascale and Nutanix.

To find out how to get started, contact us at sales@nutanix.com or sales@infrascale.com.

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