Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Infiniti’s DR assessment and DR plan development can help your organization avoid the impact of a disaster and help maintain business continuity. With cloud services an affordable and highly effective technical DR has never been more attainable.

Infiniti DR Process and Service

Infiniti provides business continuity and disaster recovery services that center around conducting business process analysis, defining continuity objectives, and identifying steps that can be taken to minimize the effects of a disaster and maximize uptime while minimizing impact to your customers and stakeholders. As a result, your organization is less impacted by a disaster and fully prepared to continue mission-critical functions in the event that a disaster strikes.

Typically, we start with analysis of your current system design, focusing first on the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify which systems, functions or applications are critical and which are less critical, assigning the Business Point Objectives (BPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) for each. These factors allow Infiniti’s Business Continuity experts to define the requirements for your organization. Infiniti’s staff then move on to Threat and Risk Analysis (TRA), focused on identifying any and all of the critical issues that may impact your business and systems. Regardless of what may occur, be it a temporary power outage to a cyber-attack, an act of god or human error, Infiniti will identify the scenarios that may impact your business and design the cloud architecture to ensure uninterrupted coverage to meet your requirements.

AWS Tools

By leveraging AWS, Infiniti can enable customers to cost-effectively operate multiple DR strategies. The figure below shows a spectrum of scenarios — “backup and restore,” “pilot light,” “warm standby,” and “multi-site”—arranged by how quickly a system can be available to users after a DR event.

Figure 1 – Spectrum of DR Options.

Each DR option is discussed in more detail below:

• Backup and Restore:

In most traditional environments, data is backed up to tape and sent off-site regularly. Recovery time will be the longest using this method, and lack of automation leads to increased costs. Using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is ideal for backup data, as it is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of objects over a given year. Transferring data to and from Amazon S3 is typically done via the network, and it is therefore accessible from any location. Also, with AWS Storage Gateway, customers can automatically back up on-premises data to Amazon S3.

• Pilot Light for Simple Recovery into AWS Warm Standby Solution:

The idea of the pilot light is an analogy that comes from the gas heater. In a gas heater, a small idle flame that’s always on can quickly ignite the entire furnace to heat up a house as needed. This scenario is analogous to a backup and restore scenario; however, customers must ensure that they have the most critical core elements of their system already configured and running in AWS (the pilot light). When the time comes for recovery, customers would rapidly provision a full-scale production environment around the critical core.

• Warm Standby Solution in AWS:

The term “warm standby” is used to describe a DR scenario in which a scaled-down version of a fully functional environment is always running in the cloud. It further decreases recovery time because, in this case, some services are always running. By identifying business-critical systems, customers could fully duplicate these systems on AWS and have them always on.

• Multi-Site Solution Deployed on AWS and On-Site:

A multi-site solution runs in AWS as well as on a customer’s existing on-premises infrastructure in an active-active configuration. During a disaster situation, an organization can simply send all traffic to AWS servers, which can scale to handle their full production load.

Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of objects over a given year. This durability level corresponds to an average annual expected loss of 0.000000001% of objects.