An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

The unexpected loss of a production analytics system could mean more than just lost revenues; unplanned downtime can lead to loss of data and business reputation, decreased customer satisfaction and retention, reduced employee morale, productivity issues, and legal entanglements.

In a worst-case scenario, what's the business impact of losing access to business-critical data on your Teradata system? To avoid such pain, you need a plan, and we can help. The first step is to estimate how long — weeks, days, hours – you could operate successfully without your essential data. Business function impact is the primary factor in determining recovery time objective (RTO) as well as which recovery option is right for you.

Business Continuity

It is important to understand the three Teradata Business Continuity components when gathering requirements: Data Protection, Recoverability, and Availability. Each has its own attributes and builds on the previous component to protect business-critical systems.

  • Data Protection guards against data loss and may use data replication (backup) with tape or over a network for a secondary, offsite copy of critical data
  • Recoverability addresses data restoration in the event of a catastrophic system loss and involves a second system brought up upon declaration of a disaster
  • Availability is active protection for planned and unplanned downtime via real-time data synchronization to a second system

Recovery Options

Business Function Impact Important
"Supports" business
"Controls" business
"Controls" business
"Runs" business
Recovery Time Objective (RTO) 6-8 Weeks 5-7 Days 48-72 Hours Minutes / Hours
Teradata Solutions Replacement System DR As-a-Service DR Center Dual Active Systems
Process During Disaster Event Order New System Declare Disaster Declare Disaster Ready to Use
Method of Data Recovery Restore from Backup Restore from Backup Restore from Backup Synchronization
BAR Hardware Supported Tape, Data Domain Data Domain Tape N/A
Annual Testing No Yes Yes Yes

Teradata operates an enterprise-class Disaster Recovery Center with Teradata systems that matches production release levels and are ready for data restoration, including from tape. A subscription to this service is available for any Teradata certified release plus any customer-specific hardening or encryption.

A key benefit to the Disaster Recovery Center is that, when activated, your team can focus on restoring access and functionality while a Teradata Recovery Specialist assists with matching the production environment prior to user access. Included is the option to perform an annual test to validate the recovery process.

Eliminate the Guesswork The Teradata disaster recovery team can help you find the right option for your organization by identifying and prioritizing business-essential applications and data, quantifying the relative importance and financial impact of a disaster, and developing potential recovery strategies based on your specific needs.