This blog was authored by Tuhina Goel Product Marketing Manager Nutanix
This first blog in the three-part series on Metro Availability for AHV focuses on how to achieve zero data loss with Protection Policies in Prism Central at VM granularity.
For mission-critical applications in various industry sectors like banking, capital markets, insurance, healthcare, and emergency life support services, 24x7x365 uptime is key for the business to function unhindered. In such cases, applications need to have transparent visibility into underlying IT infrastructure failures, including hardware components (disk, network cards, power supply), racks, clusters, or sites. A 2014 Gartner study puts the cost of downtime at $5,600 per minute and can go as high as $540,000 per hour for mission-critical applications.
One of our core principles at Nutanix is to ensure the continuous availability of data for all applications running on the platform. To achieve seamless business continuity, we have built High Availability and Data Protection right into our AOS platform with the assumption that the hardware components are prone to failure. While this prevents customers from experiencing component failures in a cluster, what happens when entire clusters go down? The answer is Metro Availability. Metro Availability will extend the realm of continuous availability to another cluster. Customers can configure their deployments to seamlessly keeping mission-critical applications online even in the case of entire site failures.
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