disaster-preparedness-and-your-vmware-environment

Have you checked the news recently? It doesn’t really matter what day you watch. Pick one, and there is almost certainly going to be a report on some kind of disaster that impacts businesses. Floods, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, acts of terrorism … the list of potential disasters is long. Systems and networks outages don’t just come from natural disasters and headline-making stories of terrorism. Sometimes something as mundane as a data breach or malware infection can take systems down and require disaster recovery. Yet with all of the talk and dire warnings and blog posts on the importance of disaster recovery plans, only about 60 percent of businesses have any documented plan, and those that do generally have plans that are inadequate, ineffective, or inefficient.

What are your options for creating a disaster plan for your VMware environment?

VMware Horizon Air Desktop DR

Disaster Preparedness

It’s not always something dramatic like an earthquake or terrorist attack that knocks you down. Sometimes it’s just a mundane hardware issue or a run-of-the-mill hack attack. Either way, you need to be prepared.

VMware Horizon Air Desktop DR can serve as a functional desktop in an emergency. It provides a cloud-hosted desktop that can be accessed and used from any device you can get your hands on in an emergency, including a desktop, laptop, tablet, or just a smartphone with a web browser. Once you get access, you have a fully functional workspace at your fingertips, complete with your business’ corporate image, applications, and access to any and all of your resources.

Additionally, VMware Horizon Air Desktop DR is not expensive and is surprisingly simple to use. It costs far less than a physical desktop DR solution and does not require any physical infrastructure to be in place to use it. There are no equipment costs and no maintenance issues to worry about. In the event that you need access to your Horizon Air Desktop DR, you simply contact VMware.

VMware vCloud Air for Infrastructure DR 

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that offers the ability to recover your vSphere environment following a disaster. It offers protection for as many as 500 virtual machines in a single subscription and delivers on an as-needed basis. vCloud Air DR allows you to test various failover scenarios as much as you need to during the period of your service contract. This solution gives you DR for your infrastructure, not just the applications and data that is protected by the VMware Horizon Air Desktop DR solution.

VMware Site Recovery Manager

VMware Site Recovery Manager

When you have a solid recovery plan in place, it’s a simple matter to save the day and return operations to normal. Just make sure your recovery plan is simple, fast, and suitable for any scenario.

VMware Site Recovery Manager is probably the most  well-known and easily-recognized of the VMware disaster recovery solutions. 

It provides a solution to make applications available and mobile across the sites of your private cloud environments. It also allows for non-disruptive testing to make sure that disaster recovery processes are predictable and fit within compliance restraints. It allows for zero-downtime application mobility and reliable recovery using fully-automated workflow and SDDC solutions (Software-Defined Data Center). VMware Site Recovery Manager gives you the ability to protect thousands of VMware virtual machines from a centralized source and is usually about half the cost of other disaster recovery solutions.

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Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

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Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

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No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

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  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

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Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

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Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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