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Business continuity

DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) is a subset of the whole range of actions on planning the business continuity and includes application scheduled recovery, data recovery, hardware, communication tools and other IT-infrastructure components disaster recovery.

Disaster Recovery Plan is a set of documented procedures and regulations, a guide for action in case of emergency (local failures or disasters). In most cases, even those companies that have already developed their procedures and regulations usually face the following difficulties:

  1. keeping the regulations up to date
  2. rapid checking and data verification, which is a tedious and complex
  3. personnel disaster recovery skills and qualification training
  4. lack of documentation on task listed above (which is required for audit conducting).

De Novo offers two products that are designed to support business processes continuity which enable disaster restore procedures to be kept up-to-date while the services are being regularly tested and checked on the restoration feature. These products are Red Button and DRP Lab.

Within the scope of these projects we resolve the issues related to company’s information system stability of soft- or hardware components failure tolerance (single failures, or mass failures — disasters), logical data corruption as well as readiness of the support team in case of emergency.

BCP (Business Continuity Planning) also includes the products for the data storage subsystems and computing framework consolidation. These solutions provide effective security solutions that ensure the disaster recovery procedures not at the level of individual applications, but for all functioning applications at a virtual environment layer

Red Button

The classical approach to disaster-resistant environment implementation requires cluster systems development at the application level. This approach is defined by the following disadvantages and limitations:

  • implementation costs;
  • complicated information systems logical architecture and maintenance procedures;
  • no regular checking options for service restore procedures
  • low-level application security.

De Novo offers contemporary and effective alternative approach: “Red Button” product that provides effective security and disaster restore procedures for all critical service developed on virtual infrastructure platform. The applied technology provide effective security solutions that ensure the disaster recovery procedures not at the level of individual applications, but for all functioning applications at a virtual environment layer – Data Center system operating level (contemporary title for the virtual computing infrastructure) by applying replication array technologies.

Corresponding approach can greatly simplify IT architecture, reduce the costs, provide additional hardware resources and ensure resources for further informational system development. Furthermore, the customer is also provided with another unique feature: effective use of available hardware. In standard operational mode all inactive resources can be used to deploy laboratory testing or DRP-lab.

“Red Button” automated recovery procedures ensure critical services recovery in case of a disaster or failure by providing additional hardware resources (by means of automatic DRP lab services stopping). This approach is defined to be the De Novo`s know-how, due to the fact that the solution is not offered by any other vendor technology.

“Red Button” project implementation provides the following benefits:
recovery scenarios developed by taking into account service relationships and service recovery order;

  • automate the critical services disaster recovery procedures by means of pressing the single “Red” button
  • check system recovery procedures on regular terms; ensure service non-stop operation and high security.
  • provide recovery scenarios documentation (ability to export to various formats) and test reporting (required for successful audit conducting).

Tasks resolved by means of “Red Button”:

  • business applications and services classification according to business-critical criterion, threat analysis
  • defining the interaction of all systems and components, roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in maintenance procedures;
  • Site Recovery Manager (SRM) deployment ;
  • functional documentation and maintenance regulations development;
  • development, design and implementation of Recovery Testing and System Recovery procedures documentation.

DRP Laboratory

DRP laboratory is a ready–to–use tool that provides your company with data loss security due to data backup integrity verification procedures. The tool is effective in the following processes implementation:

  • verify the modifications before implementing to production;
  • software engineering and performance testing;
  • automatic testing according to service recovery regulations and backup data restore procedures;
  • data backup integrity verification.

DRP laboratory provides modification process support and enables to provide testing procedure without any negative impact on productive infrastructure. For these specific tasks a copy of current operational infrastructure is tested in an isolated testing environment.

DRP laboratory ensures non-disruptive software performance in multi-machine configuration infrastructure and the same time enable to develop isolated virtual Data Center with just a few clicks. The applied advanced virtualization technology ensures the most effective performance of all available resources. After the main tasks completed multi-machine configurations are returned to the configuration library or deleted in order to make corresponding resources available for other tasks implementation.

Solution Content:

  • develop a laboratory in isolated testing environment in order to:
    • provide verify procedures of the modifications before implementing to production;
    • provide automatic testing according to service recovery regulations and backup data restore procedures;
  • documented disaster recovery procedures and automated test scripts generation;
  • configuration of test reports and results automatic generation that can be applied for audit conducting;
  • related subsystems and solutions integration.

You don`t need to purchase and build an isolation infrastructure to use DRP laboratory solution. In regular operation mode DRP laboratory may use the infrastructure backup Data Center as an operating platform. Provided additional hardware resources (by means of automatic DRP lab services stopping) are used by ‘Red Button” automated recovery procedures in order ensure critical services recovery in case of a disaster.This approach is defined to be the De Novo`s know-how, due to the fact that the solution is not offered by any other vendor technology.

Centralized Backup

Everyone has once faced a situation when one wants to get back in time in order t start everything from the spot and avoid the made mistakes. The mistakes can be classified as human, hardware or software, accidental or intentional. Data corruption outcomes, especially if caused by intentional or unintentional user interactions, may not be immediately revealed.

System backup and data recovery procedure enables you to go back in time before the fatal error had been committed. The main system backup objective is to restore the valid data and minimise data loss.

Centralized system backup development is an art aiming to find a compromise between the minimal data loss (expensive) and backup system purchase costs (maximum loss). De Novo experts achieve the corresponding balance by identifying the business data value. The most effective backup and recovery approach is defined according to the data criticality estimation.

As data recovery is the main task of backup systems, corresponding processes quality assurance a mandatory service provided by De Novo experts. De Novo also provides customer with all the required documentation, including detailed administrator guidance on system maintenance and regulatory procedures required for effective system performance.