Project Type: Virtualization and Disaster Recovery
|Company Type:||Publicly Traded, Revenue > $550 Million|
|Company Size:||5770 Employees|
- Design Consulting
- Data Center Virtualization
- Data Center Migration
- Data Replication
As a global software developer for the mortgage processing industry, our Client launched a project to improve the Recovery Time Objective or RTO (defined as the amount of time that elapses before an application is restarted at a disaster recovery data center once a failover event is declared) by deploying VMWare Site Recovery Manager and EMC RecoverPoint. Shortly after the project was underway, our Client acquired another firm, which quickly expanded the scope of the project to include not only a data replication and disaster recovery initiative, but also a physical-to-virtual (P2V) data migration.
The Client provided a high-level vision for this virtual data center enablement project, and we supplied the nuts and bolts formula for realizing that vision. This project combined a complex stack of sophisticated storage and virtualization technologies that required advanced engineering technical skills to effectively deploy.
The project required our engineers to inventory the physical servers in the data center, deploy VMWare virtualization technology, execute a P2V migration, and configure remote replication. Additionally, VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM) was deployed for failover and recovery of all virtual machines along with the EMC Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) to manage failover for all virtual machines.. The project covered approximately 1,000 to 1,500 virtual machines for with approximately 200 Terabytes of storage.
The first major objective of the project was to deploy VMWare 5.1 along with EMC VMAX arrays and Brocade DCX directors. Later, the Client’s environment of physical production hosts needed to be catalogued and tiered for their P2V conversion. Once the P2V migration for a server was complete, all its data was replicated to the secondary site in Denver, Colorado.
A 2012 DR Test performed for the physical environment resulted in an unacceptable Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). At that time, a majority of the servers were physical and the existing virtual machines were failed over and recovered manually. It required approximately 36 hours to online the applications at the disaster recovery site when this test was performed in mid-2012. It also required hundreds of engineer hours to execute the manual failover and recovery as nearly the entire environment consisted of physical servers.
The virtual data center solution deployed by the Headwaters engineering team shortened failover time to between 4 and 6 hours. A DR Test was repeated after the project completion with these results:
- Tier 0: RPO 0
- Tier 1: RPO 4 hours
- RTO: 4 hours
Production virtual machines totaled 600 with a total replicated storage of 200 Terabytes.
This particular company chose Headwaters for the project due to its complexity and the extensive skillset required to accomplish the necessary virtualization, replication, and migration tasks. Our Client sought help from outside sources due to nn aggressive schedule combined with a lack of manpower and technical expertise. In summary, the project involved a complex layer of sophisticated storage technologies which required specific technical skills. The Client leveraged Headwaters for expertise in the following areas: VMWare SRM, VMWare, Cisco UCS, EMC VNX, EMC VMAX, and EMC RecoverPoint.
The project was a success as the Client was elated to be able to provide his business lines with a reduced RTO down to 4-6 hours from 36 in less than 1 year’s time.
- Dell Servers
- EMC RecoverPoint
- VMWare 5.1
- EMC VNX
- EMC VMAX
- Windows and Linux Operating Systems
- MS-SQL, Oracle, MySQL Databases
- Cisco UCS Blade Server Environment
- Dell Standalone Rack Servers
Products in Use:
- Operating Systems: Windows and Linux
- Servers: Dell and Cisco UCS
- Databases: MS-SQL, Oracle, and MySQL
- EMC Storage
Business Drivers for DR and Virtualization:
- Ability To Operationalize DR Procedure
- Ability To Perform Scheduled DR Tests
- Reduce Engineer Hours To Perform Test
- Establish acceptable RTO/RPO
- Improved DR Functionality
- Simplified DR Testing (Physical More Difficult To Test)
- Improved DR Capabilities
- Failover Time Reduced to 6 hours
- Performance Increases
About Headwaters Group
Founded in 2005, Headwaters Group, Inc. provides professional services and consulting to IT manufacturers, solutions providers, and enterprise IT organizations. Headwaters’ consultants specialize in the design, deployment and management of complex enterprise storage environments that require a more sophisticated level of engineering talent. For more information on our team and our capabilities, visit www.TheHeadwatersGroup.com