Achieving Both Disaster Recovery and High Availability—Right Out of the Box
Continuous availability and disaster recovery are equally important goals for ensuring business continuity and managing risk in mission-critical environments. However, the means of achieving each goal is distinctly different, making it practically impossible—until now—for organizations to come up with a single, cost-effective solution that addresses both.
Axxana’s Phoenix for Oracle Far Sync is the first commercially available solution to address this issue.
As explained in our technical note, Enabling Continuous Availability in DR Environments, Axxana’s Phoenix for Oracle Far Sync allows organizations to marry both functions into a solution that enables continuous availability at any distance, with rapid failover for disaster recovery operations. Using the solution, organizations can meet or exceed service level agreements, reduce the risks associated with downtime, and lower Capex and Opex.
The Challenge: Zero Data Loss at Any Distance
Continuous availability requires zero data loss, which can only be ensured through synchronous replication to a nearby site (to minimize the tax on application performance as well as the communications costs of synchronous replication). By contrast, disaster recovery requires significant geographical distance between the primary and secondary site to ensure the remote site is not impacted by a regional disaster. As a result, continuous availability and disaster recovery usually exist as separate disciplines. This separation creates significant costs and complexity related to redundant data centers, hardware, staff and other solution components.
Axxana’s Phoenix: Bringing Two Worlds Together
Axxana’s Phoenix for Oracle Far Sync enables organizations to achieve both disaster recovery at extremely long distances and the highest availability on any application—right out of the box and at a fraction of the cost of current state-of-the-art solutions. It does so without requiring human intervention or extensive changes to code and without degrading the performance of the application running in the primary site, even when the secondary site is located at a long distance.
The key to the solution is housing the Far Sync instance in Axxana’s disaster-proof Phoenix Black Box, which resides at the organization’s primary site and includes built-in independent power, storage, compute, and communication capabilities. Axxana’s Phoenix for Oracle Far Sync protects yet-to-be-replicated data during local, regional and rolling disasters, and then transfers the data via cellular, WAN, or manual connection to the recovery site.
By bringing the worlds of high availability and disaster recovery closer together, Phoenix for Oracle Far Sync allows organizations to streamline and expedite failover and boost availability even higher.
To find out more about this innovative solution, read the technical note, Enabling Continuous Availability in DR Environments. Among other details, it discusses the solution architecture, the use of Oracle’s Replay functionality in the test environment, and how organizations can leverage Axxana’s Phoenix to collocate the Far Sync instance at the primary data center and thereby maximize performance.
For more information about how Axxana can help you achieve rapid, seamless disaster recovery and continuous availability at any distance and in any configuration, please contact us.