Enterprise IT must safeguard and ensure the availability of data—the most valuable of which is often stored in corporate databases. Without a strong recovery strategy, a large organization would grind to a halt following any significant outage or disaster. To ensure that never happens, firms have implemented extensive disaster recovery and backup implementations. While these solutions can synchronously replicate up-to-date information to remote locations, this approach on its own can also backfire. If a critical database has inaccurate records due to complex application errors, business processes such as supply chain management or order processing can stop completely. Even worse, in many cases the very solution for protecting information – the disaster recovery systems – can increase the damage by replicating corrupted data to backups and failover systems.
Agile data management adds a powerful option to a data protection strategy by enabling significantly faster recovery from application errors that affect key databases. Through its time machine capability, Delphix can quickly restore an application database to any point in time so that downtime is minimized. In the event of an error or logical database corruption, Delphix supports creation of multiple parallel copies of the database, so that an application administrator or developer can quickly determine a safe recovery point. Doing so via traditional backup or archiving technologies alone would be impossible within a short recovery window. In contrast, Delphix enables continuous data protection for databases, making firefighting and recovery fast and easy.
With its unique ability to compress and eliminate redundancy in database storage, Delphix can deliver large reduction ratios—as high as 30:1, so a business can store 30 days worth of recoverability in the space of a single copy. Traditional continuous data protection (CDP) technologies, in contrast, generally require enormous amounts of storage—as much as 7x the original production copy for a similar window of recoverability. As a result, the Delphix efficiency advantage enables far longer retention periods to recover to a known good state following an outage or disaster.