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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World… so replicate, replicate, replicate, replicate.

Posted by riverbedtest on August 7, 2009

Ok, I may be dating myself here but have you seen the 1963 United Artist's movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”?  One of my favorite scenes is this:

Emmeline Finch: “Oh Russell, I feel sick.”
J. Russell Finch: “Now take it easy honey, these things happen ya know.”
Mrs. Marcus: “Now what kind of an attitude is that, these things happen? They only happen because this whole country is just full of people, who when these things happen, they just say these things happen, and that's why they happen! We gotta have control of what happens to us.”

Apparently you can divide people into two types, those that say “these things just happen” and those that “gotta have control.”  Now suppose you’re responsible for disaster recovery or business continuity, which type do you want to be? 

If you’re in the “it happens” camp, could you please send me a note of your company’s ticker symbol so I can short your stock?  I’ve been looking for a good tip.

If you’re in the “have control” group, you probably get that the basic principle of data protection is take everything you need and copy it somewhere else, far enough away that it’s there when you need it.  You might also appreciate that your wide area network is a handy piece of infrastructure for moving all this data.  In fact, I’ll bet you’ve already come up with a means of protecting your business critical systems, and you might well be performing some pretty high end data center to data center replication.  Like using HDS TrueCopy, Universal Replicator, or NAS replication, for instance.  Good for you.

Now, maybe that’s still not enough.  The WAN might not have enough bandwidth, or might have too much latency, or might have other applications running on it.  Lucky you, Riverbed WAN optimization can get you out of this bind, vastly improving the performance of long distance replication.  And even better than that, Hitachi has now qualified Riverbed for use with their replication tools.  This joins our EMC SRDF/A qualification and ton of other storage partnerships, and all of these arm you with many great ways to get the disaster recovery plan you want.

Hope is not a strategy.  Be prepared.

2 Responses to “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World… so replicate, replicate, replicate, replicate.”

  1. rick parker said

    Replication is usually RAID 1, what I want is datacenter RAID 5, a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Datacenters to support geographic redundancy. I think WAN Optimizers are missing a large market
    of serverless offices by not providing a cost effective device that can support up to about 50 windows clients in a small serverless office (this would require about 1000 TCP connections) with a remote exchange server. I propose that 4 small datacenters (2 racks) is more cost effective then 2 datacenters with 4 racks

  2. Nik Rouda said

    Rick, that’s a great idea, and it’s one Riverbed supports today. You might use the 1050 series of Steelhead appliances to connect a number of small/mid-sized offices (with around 1000 connections each) and replicate data in multiple directions between them, in effect creating just what you describe.

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