In an earlier post, we discussed SafeHaven for CenturyLink Cloud Disaster Recovery- as-a- Service (DRaaS) solution and the benefits it offers IT Administrators.  As we noted, failing over a multi-tiered application when executing a disaster recovery plan is critical. However, it’s not always as easy as it seems.  In order for a multi-tiered application to recover correctly, the VMs upon which it depends start up according to a prescribed “recovery plan.”  For instance, it is usually necessary for the database to be running before application servers boot and, similarly, necessary that application services be running before webservers boot.

Safehaven for CenturyLink Cloud’s latest feature enhancement, Run Book Automation, allows end users to configure custom shut-down and bring-up plans for each group of IT systems that received disaster protection.  For example, delivering web services often involves a set of interdependent workloads that need to start in a specific order and taking into account time intervals between applications.

For each group of IT systems within the CenturyLink Cloud, users can pre-configure and test recovery plans in the Safehaven Console that identifies bring-up and shut-down order, actions, delays, as well as any custom script to be executed as part of the recovery operation.  Once the plan has been loaded, executing becomes as simple as a point-and click operation.

For each group of IT systems within the CenturyLink Cloud, users can pre-configure and test recovery plans in the Safehaven Console that identifies bring-up and shut-down order, actions, delays, as well as any custom script to be executed as part of the recovery operation.  Once the plan has been loaded, executing becomes as simple as a point-and click operation.

Conversely, when the original data center recovers after a disaster event, the challenge becomes how to efficiently restore protected IT systems so that they resume normal operations in the production environment.  With this “failback” challenge, SafeHaven also provides full Run Book Automation. Users use the same interface shown above to specify custom recovery plans for failback to the original production data center. 

So why is this seemingly minor feature so important?  Well, because in business time is money.  And when your applications are down, you are losing money.  Aberdeen recently released a report that stated mid-size businesses experience on average 3.5 downtime events per year, lasting 3.4 hours and costing over $880,000.¹ This equates to about $1,233 for every minute your business applications are not running when they should. 

Let’s say, for example, that through the nature of Safehaven’s Run Book Automation allowing multiple applications to be brought up at the same time and nearly eliminates the risk of human error during the process, you save 15 minutes of downtime a per hour.  Using the assumptions above, this means that implementing a disaster recovery (DR) plan with Safehaven for CenturyLink Cloud could save your business $18,500 per hour in downtime costs.  And, when you take into account the average number of events and downtime, your estimated savings in this example become $220,150.  That’s no small chunk of change.

Make sure your DR solution is intuitive enough to protect your business both technically and financially.  Learn more about Safehaven for CenturyLink Cloud here.