Business continuity strategies often include SharePoint in the top recovery tier, as data loss or downtime for this business-critical application can be costly and damaging to an organization’s reputation. There are different approaches to disaster recovery. Traditional disaster recovery methods for SharePoint requires duplication of infrastructure, operating systems (OS), and other third-party applications, rendering it a highly expensive IT project. In addition, some disaster recovery solutions cannot support complex and busy applications such as SharePoint.

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables a more modern approach to protecting SharePoint: cloud-based disaster recovery into AWS. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery not only leverages AWS to significantly reduce disaster recovery infrastructure costs, it also enables rapid recovery of the SharePoint environment and the entire machine state by replicating database, application, and system files – meaning that operations continue smoothly with fully functioning workloads. In cases where uninterrupted business continuity is critical, this difference means that organizations can affordably achieve recovery times of minutes, rather than hours or days.

Features

  • Block-level, continuous replication
  • Support of geographically remote target AWS Regions
  • Automated machine conversion and application stack orchestration, including recovery order support
  • Quick, non-disruptive installation
  • Support for raw device mapping (RDM) disks
  • Web-based control with centralized management console
  • Automated disaster recovery drills without performance impact
  • Simple failover and failback

Benefits

  • One disaster recovery solution for the entire SharePoint environment, third-party software, and Windows OS
  • Significant savings on disaster recovery TCO
  • RPO of seconds and RTO of minutes
  • Increased reliability and high tolerance for network instability
  • Point-in-time recovery for data corruption or cyber attacks
  • Support of all source infrastructure, including on-premises physical and virtual infrastructure, public clouds, and other AWS Regions
  • Enterprise-grade security

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery architecture

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery reduces disaster recovery costs by maintaining continuous, asynchronous replication into a low-cost staging area located in your target AWS account and preferred Region. This eliminates the need for additional costly appliances or separate operational databases, and reduces your compute, storage, and software licensing footprint to a minimum. In the event of a disaster, use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery to trigger an automated large-scale orchestration and machine conversion process to recover your entire SharePoint environment with recovery point objectives (RPOs) of seconds and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of minutes. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery automatically recovers SharePoint machines in a specific recovery order, which is critical for most SharePoint versions. You can deploy CloudEndure Disaster Recovery from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based source.

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Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables significant savings on disaster recovery TCO compared to traditional disaster recovery solutions.

Infrastructure — When using CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, there is no need to pay for duplicate hardware, compute, or networking for a target site. A continuously replicating version of all your data is kept up to date on AWS, utilizing low-cost storage and lightweight compute. The fully provisioned recovery environment, using high-performance storage and actual compute to run the application, is only used when launched during a disaster or drill.

Windows & third-party software licenses — In order for most disaster recovery solutions to provide robust protection and recovery of SharePoint, you need to purchase duplicate Windows and third-party software licenses to run SharePoint in your standby site. This can become prohibitively expensive given the high cost of licenses for SharePoint and Windows. With CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, you don’t need to purchase duplicate SharePoint, Windows, or third-party software licenses. Your SharePoint application and all other server data are kept in sync in a dormant staging area that is not running Windows or any licensed applications. In the event of a disaster or drill, you can launch SharePoint on demand in AWS, and you only pay for what you use during the disaster period. In other words, you get robust resilience with RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes at the cost of a cold standby solution.

Increase reliability

Geographic redundancy — Best practice for disaster recovery is to use a target site that is located in a different geographic region than the source environment. Short distances between source and target sites can be problematic from a regulatory perspective. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables the use of a target site in a remote geographic location while still performing continuous data replication with minimal RPOs and RTOs. You can implement geographic redundancy between on-premises and AWS, across different AWS Regions, and between a different cloud provider and AWS.

High tolerance for network instability — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is designed to keep data in sync, asynchronously, over long distances, regardless of write rates or network conditions. In contrast, legacy database replication products are designed to be used within a data center with low network latencies and are not designed to replicate data across long distances. If you have a write-intensive system, your tolerance for network interruptions is very low.

Replicate any application from any source infrastructure

Any application — Whereas database-specific replication tools can recover the database component of SharePoint, they cannot recover all of the other components, including the application server. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery replicates and recovers SharePoint machines running on AWS-supported OS. In addition, CloudEndure Disaster Recovery natively supports replication of other applications, including third-party software, legacy applications, homegrown applications, OS, and common applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Servers, and domain controllers.

Any source — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables efficient replication and recovery for SharePoint running on x86-based Windows versions. This includes SharePoint running on any physical, virtual, or cloud-based infrastructure.

Block-level replication — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery utilizes block-level replication rather than taking snapshots or writing data to disk. This is what enables data integrity for SharePoint as well as Windows and surrounding applications.

Perform automated disaster recovery testing

Easy implementation — A strong disaster recovery strategy must include the capability for frequent testing. However, many organizations avoid launching frequent drills due to the overhead needed to do so, or concerns that testing or a failed drill will disrupt their production environment or even cause data loss. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables unlimited, automated disaster recovery testing for SharePoint. This reduces time-intensive manual processes such as log shipping, which can take days.

Non-disruptive testing — You can quickly and easily conduct frequent, non-disruptive drills that launch SharePoint and all workloads in your target AWS Region without impacting your source environment. All changes that take place in your source environment during the tests are saved and replicated.

Enable data integrity

Point-in-time recovery – This functionality enables failover to earlier versions of replicated servers, which is particularly important for ransomware attacks or IT environment corruptions where the most current version of system data has been compromised.

Enterprise-grade security – CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is ISO 27001 compliant, and enables the highest level of security standards by using AES 256-bit data encryption both in transit and at rest. Replication traffic is transmitted directly from your source servers to your target AWS Region, and can be restricted to your private networks for better security, speed, and control.

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