Outage Prevention in Enterprise Data Centers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Today I’m going to talk about data center outage prevention.

In order to get the full picture of your infrastructure and protect it from outages, you’ve got to pull the data from everything - from your switches and storage arrays to your hosts and backup environment. It’s key that you’re able to trend all this data over time, tracking historical information as well as what's going on right now.

When I ran a backup operation in a prior life, one of the things that kept me up at night was having an outage. I would get that phone call in the middle of the night that something had run out of capacity, or something wasn’t working right. Believe me—CEOs, CIOs and company executives don't want that phone call in the middle of the night.

So how do we ensure those phone calls don’t happen? It’s two-fold – both ensuring outage prevention, and then really understanding what happened if an outage does occur. 

First, outage prevention, requires being able to track and trend all the data and information related to your storage arrays and file systems, with the ability to see the consumption trends over time.  This way, you’re able to see if your capacity, on its current course and speed of consumption, may run out in two weeks or in two months.  It’s better to know that you’ve got two months before capacity runs out. 

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The problem is, most people don't have any idea that they are going to run out of capacity this morning or in the middle of the night.  By doing the trend reports based on your entire infrastructure from switches, arrays, files and backups, you’ll get analytics that provide that historical information and future trending, so you can tell when you're going to run out of capacity. Dynamic environments require real-time reporting!

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Now, even with the best analytics software, you may still have an outage, because stuff still happens.  The next step is understanding.  You want to know that all of your data is protected and you can recover from the outage.  The only way to do that is to monitor all of the backup products from TSM, NetBackup, Commvault, Backup Exec, HP Data Protector, Avamar, you name it.  You need to be able to see all of the backup and storage systems in one single-pane-of-glass, and the information and data needs to be correlated to understand the risks of outages. 

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