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A data replication strategy for all your disaster recovery needs
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 2018, Vol. 17, No. 4
Meeting an organization's disaster recovery challenges requires addressing problems from several angles based on specific recovery point and recovery time objectives. Today's tight RTO and RPO expectations mean almost no data gets lost and no downtime. To meet those expectations, businesses must move beyond backup and consider a data replication strategy. Modern replication products offer more than just a rapid disaster recovery copy of data, though. They can help with cloud migration, using the cloud as a DR site and even solving copy data challenges. Replication software comes in two forms. One is integrated into a storage system, and the other is bought separately. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. An integrated data replication strategy The integrated form of replication has a few advantages. It's often bundled at no charge or is relatively inexpensive. Of course, nothing in life is really free. The customer pays extra for the storage hardware in order to get the "free" software. In addition, at-scale, storage-based ...
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