One of the items that should always be top of mind for government IT leaders is what happens when the lights go out? While it might not always be a power outage that causes systems to go dark, ensuring continuity of operations during periods of stress is critical for all government agencies investing in in-memory technologies.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) planning typically focuses on ensuring that fundamental services, starting with backup power generators, are in place with a supporting standard operating procedure, but what about the restoration of functionality of data bases? In the era of big data, even a temporary loss of system availability can have monumental consequences for agency operations.
Chris Steel, Chief Solutions Architect for Software AG Government Solutions, Inc. discussed this important aspect of BCDR in a recent NextGov article on in-memory computing. While in-memory computing is a well understood concept and becoming a growing area of interest to agency IT groups facing the exponential growth of data over the last decade, a legitimate concern is the recovery and availability of critical data after an unplanned outage. Steel points out that “when you’re talking about [restoring] terabyte-scale in-memory stores, rebuilding them from a disk-bound database could take days. Hundreds of terabytes? Make that weeks!” By ensuring that the in-memory solutions that an agency is deciding to invest in has persistence or a fast restartability store, an agency can be assured that all the data held in-memory will be immediately recovered and available upon system restoration.
Interested in learning more about how to leverage in-memory computing to achieve reliability in mission-critical applications? You can read Chris’s full article here…