Imagine the scene: a free-standing data center is perched precariously on the ledge of a building, 250 feet off the ground. It hovers there momentarily – and then plummets through the air, landing at a speed of 120ft/sec, with a deafening crash.
Seconds later, with the debris of the wrecked DC scattered in all directions, a second, identical data center, up on that same roof, effects a full recovery of the data and application. Symantec’s experiment in disaster recovery has been a resounding success.
The point being that businesses need 24/7 availability of their data and applications to keep their operations running smoothly and customers happy – which puts a major strain on organisations to maintain that level of service constantly. Not only must they be ready for the worst case scenario of their data centers suddenly being out of action. They need to be able to recover the situation – fast.
It was with this in mind that Symantec put its high availability and disaster recovery technology to the ultimate test, loading a server rack with a multi-tier application stack, including an Oracle database on Solaris, and the application layer on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the primary data center.
A disaster recovery site was set up on a second rack: its failover data center. The applications were clustered, using Veritas Cluster Server. Veritas Replicator was set up to carry out data replication between the sites. And then the fun started, as the ‘data centers’ were taken 18 stories up on a building in the heart of Silicon Valley and the primary rack dropped off the roof.
After the mighty boom, it seamlessly failed over to the recovery site, which is exactly what a business would need when potential disaster strikes.
With no visual effects and no tricks, it brings new meaning to the term ‘High’ Availability and really hits the mark! And now, on this video, you can watch, blow by blow, as it actually happened.