What Do DevOps and Disaster Recovery Have In Common? More Than You’d Think

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What Do DevOps and Disaster Recovery Have In Common? More Than You’d Think

computer-1245714_640By now, you’ve probably heard of DevOps on at least one occasion – we’ve even discussed it on our own blog in the past. For those of you who are just tuning in (and those of you who need a refresher), let’s go over a brief definition. Basically, it’s a convergence of software development roles, the end goal of which is a faster, more agile development process.

And believe it or not, it’s also an incredibly valuable concept for disaster recovery and business continuity.

“Embracing DevOps also pays off from a disaster recovery standpoint,” writes CIO’s Jonathan Hassell. “The tools and procedures you use…can also be applied to failing over and recovering from disasters and service interruptions. The same tools that automate the entire DevOps cycle can also help you make the most use of the resources you already have for recovery purposes.”

This isn’t solely a matter of developing apps that are designed with resilience in mind – though that certainly does play a part. By giving your developers access to your disaster recovery environments, you can enable them to create software that’s built to fail gracefully. You’ll be able to make your entire organization more resilient.

Even so, it goes beyond that. See, at its core, one of the tenets of DevOps is to automate and streamline as much as possible. It’s meant to allow businesses to get more done faster – and with fewer resources.

So how exactly do we apply that mentality to business continuity?

 

  • Eliminate unnecessary infrastructure. If a cloud server can handle all the demands of your physical servers without breaking the bank to to great a degree, it may be in your best interest to ditch the hardware. Similarly, if you can offset management and maintenance costs by via a hosting company, you can save significantly in terms of recovery time.
  • Automate everything you can. Data backups, failover, and service restoration should, wherever possible, be automated. Software systems can respond far more quickly to an incident than a human can – meaning they can reduce downtime by a great deal.
  • Get everyone involved. Disaster recovery shouldn’t be a process limited solely to a small team of individuals. Everyone should have a role – and everyone should share responsibility for keeping your business up and running.
  • Look into the open source world. There are a ton of excellent open-source DevOps tools like Chef, Puppet Labs, and Ravello designed to help automated the development process – and all of these tools can be used to great effect in making your business more efficient in its disaster resilience.

 

At the end of the day, DevOps is really just about doing things more efficiently. With that in mind, it’s no surprise so many of its underlying principles are applicable to disaster recovery. After all, the more efficiently you can weather a crisis, the better off you’ll be.

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