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Maximize Choice for Disaster Recovery with CenturyLink and Microsoft Azure

 

Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?

Floods, fires, and earthquakes can strike at any time, and they can render your data center instantly inoperable. Meanwhile, power outages, severed network connections, and other large-scale equipment failures can leave your business offline for minutes, hours, or longer.

Human error is an even bigger threat to business continuity. Your admins probably won't trip over a power cord, but they might accidently delete data, incorrectly configure hardware, or inadvertently expose your environment to hackers or viruses.

What will happen if and when these problems arise in your data center?

Will you be able to quickly and seamlessly fail over to another environment so your employees can keep working and your customers can keep buying your products? Or will your business grind to a halt-leaving your employees unproductive and your customers frustrated enough to turn elsewhere?

As you begin to develop a new disaster recovery (DR) strategy or strengthen your existing approach, first define key requirements. Then consider the cloud. Incorporating a cloud environment into DR or choosing a DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution can help you access the resources you need to keep your business running while controlling costs and complexity.

 

Define Requirements

  • 1. DR—not just backup.
  • Yes, backup is vital for protecting data against loss. But backup is not DR. You can't run your business with your backup solution as you search for the root causes of outages or clean up from a flood.
  • 2. Choice.
  • Select a DR solution that gives you options. The right solution will offer the flexibility to incorporate public cloud resources and let you choose among multiple providers.
  • 3. Low complexity.
  • Duplicating your production environment in a secondary data center and managing that environment going forward require serious effort. Pick a DR solution that minimizes complexity, provides options for offloading management, and offers round-the-clock access to DR experts.
  • 4. Continual testing.
  • Already established a DR strategy? Great. But are you positive it will work when you need it to? The test you ran last quarter won't necessarily tell you how things will go this quarter. The right DR solution will make it simple to test, test, and test again.
  • 5. Reduced costs.
  • What is an hour of downtime worth to your business? What about a day or a week? As you budget for DR, take the value of potential downtime into account. Then find a solution that will let you keep your business running while controlling costs.
 

Look Toward the Cloud

The public cloud offers several powerful advantages for DR. The cloud is:

  • Agile: Tap into public cloud resources for DR now. Avoid spending weeks or months building your own secondary data center.
  • Scalable: Expand your DR environment on demand. Ensure business continuity no matter how large your production environment grows.
  • Resilient: Make sure your systems will recover quickly. Take advantage of multiple layers of redundancy that use several data centers connected across global regions.
  • Simple: Dramatically reduce your administrative overhead. Adopt a management solution to simplify administration of your entire DR environment, from your on-premises production environment to an offsite, cloud-based site.
  • Cost-effective: Avoid the high capital costs of buying redundant hardware and the operating expenses of running your own secondary data center.

Ready to commit to the cloud for DR? You need the ability to select the right cloud provider—or providers—for your unique requirements.

 

Keep Your Options Open

CenturyLink® SafeHaven® DRaaS couples robust DR with flexibility and choice, giving you an array of options for using the cloud to avoid the costs of downtime and data loss.

Multi-cloud support: Capitalize on the benefits of the cloud without being locked into a single cloud provider. With SafeHaven, you can choose CenturyLink Cloud®, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Microsoft Azure—or use SafeHaven in a multi-cloud environment.

Service flexibility: Manage DR the way it makes the most sense for your business.

  • Self-service: Retain full control of your own environment, taking charge of maintenance and administration.
  • Fully managed: Turn DR over to our experts with CenturyLink® Managed Disaster Recovery Services. CenturyLink can manage the infrastructure and licenses, and provide extra hands during disasters.
  • Custom: Work with CenturyLink to design a solution that fits your particular environment and requirements.

Global networking: Connect to your DR site via the secure, high-performance CenturyLink global network.

  • 450,000 global route miles of fiber
  • 60+ countries
  • 100,000+ on–net buildings

Validating, auditing, and testing: Gain the confidence that your DR strategy will actually work when disaster strikes. Choose CenturyLink® Managed Disaster Recovery Services for validation, auditing, and testing services to help ensure that systems will fail over as they should and minimize interruptions for users.

End-to-end management: Administer all your infrastructure environments—from private and hybrid environments to your public cloud–based DR. Gain a unified view for managing your Azure public cloud deployment or Azure Stack–based hybrid environment as well as traditional VMware environments and those running on AWS or Google Cloud.

24/7 expertise: Take advantage of access to specialized resources, available by phone 24/7, 365 days a year. CenturyLink® Managed Services Anywhere—which are part of the Cloud Application Manager platform—offer automated administration by certified IT professionals plus IT expertise by phone through the CenturyLink Global Operations Support Center.

 

The Azure Advantage

Is Microsoft Azure on your radar for DR? It should be. With Azure, you can take advantage of your existing IT skills and simplify DR.

  • Familiar platform: If you have a Windows environment, existing relationships with Microsoft and OEM vendors, and staff members familiar with managing Microsoft solutions, you have very good reasons to adopt Azure for DR. With Azure, you can maintain a single platform across on-premises and cloud environments.
  • Windows and beyond: Azure does not lock you into Windows alone. You can also support Linux, VMware, and Hyper-V virtual machines and physical servers across your hybrid IT environment.
  • Security: Microsoft has clearly defined security and privacy requirements. Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards and is subjected to rigorous third-party audits to verify adherence to strict security controls.
 

Choose Your Own Path

Implementing a robust, effective DR strategy is critical for protecting data and maintaining business continuity. But a DR solution shouldn't force you down a path toward particular approaches or vendors. CenturyLink SafeHaven DRaaS lets you tap into the benefits of the cloud for DR while keeping your options open.

Learn more about CenturyLink SafeHaven DRaaS: centurylink.com/business/hybrid-it-cloud/resiliencyservices.html

Combine CenturyLink infrastructure with Microsoft cloud technologies to build a cloud foundation that grows with your business: centurylink.com/Microsoft

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