Nutanix. has developed a recovery orchestration pipeline for efficient failover and recovery of applications in a multi-site disaster recovery environment. The method involves connecting user virtual machines and block storage devices at a secondary site, triggered by a user via a graphical user interface, enabling automated application recovery without user intervention. GlobalData’s report on Nutanix gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Orchestrating application failover in multi-site disaster recovery environment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nutanix Inc

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240036988A1) describes a method for orchestrating application failover in a multi-site disaster recovery (DR) environment. The method involves enumerating entities associated with the failover, such as user virtual machines (UVMs), block storage devices (BSDs), and network interfaces, connecting UVMs to BSDs at the secondary site according to a recovery configuration, and powering on the UVMs and BSDs in a predetermined boot sequence for seamless recovery without user intervention. The recovery configuration is triggered from a graphical user interface (GUI), and progress of the application failover is displayed via the GUI. Additionally, the method includes retrieving the recovery configuration from an encrypted database, sending it to the secondary site securely, and building a mapping between UVMs and BSDs based on network interfaces for optimal performance.

Furthermore, the patent application details the generation of payloads for each BSD entity and UVM entity, authentication configurations for BSDs, and iSCSI qualified names. It also covers scenarios like unplanned failovers, recovery from recovery point snapshots, and specific actions to be taken during the recovery process, such as cleaning up stale iSCSI sessions and logging in to iSCSI targets. The application also extends to a non-transitory computer-readable medium with program instructions for executing the method on a processor, as well as an apparatus comprising a DR manager to orchestrate the application failover. Overall, the patent application outlines a comprehensive method for efficient and automated application failover in a multi-site DR environment, ensuring minimal downtime and user intervention during the recovery process.

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