Continuous Manufacturing

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Continuous Manufacturing

 

As manufacturing organizations leverage IT to scale their services and improve their efficiencies and quality of their products, they face challenges in reducing business risk due to IT outages. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications form the backbone of a manufacturing organization having stringent availability requirements.

 

DR Challenges in Manufacturing

Some of the key challenges that manufacturing organizations face are:

  • Lack of access to DR experts who can ensure that the organization deploys best-practice solutions
  • Lack of time and resources among IT staff to conduct drills regularly
  • The need for manual intervention and expertise for recovery and to test the recovery readiness of complex ERP applications running on heterogeneous technologies
  • Inconsistent application environments causing recovery at the DR to fail, due to challenges in managing and propagating changes that are done on the primary site to the DR site
  • Inability of IT managers to see how well their DR solutions are meeting recovery SLAs, except when they conduct a drill

 

Sanovi DRM for ERP Applications

ERP applications such as SAP provide solutions for several vertical-industry as well as cross-industry solutions. Enterprises use SAP for production planning, purchasing, logistics, inventory management, customer service, and finance. Each of these applications is critical to the running of the business; hence they need a disaster recovery (DR) solution that will work when needed. There are several considerations that have influenced the design and implementation of a DR solution for SAP. A couple of key considerations are:

 

  •  Recovery Point Objective (RPO): Organizations set RPO goals to determine how much data they can afford to lose before it starts adversely impacting their business. The RPO primarily influences the choice of the data replication technology to protect the database in use with the SAP application.
  •  Recovery Time Objective (RTO): This is the amount of time available to bring up the application at the DR site. The number of actions, the complexity involved, and the expertise required to suitably execute each action determine the achievable RTO for an SAP application
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The SAP solution supports a distributed architecture that can be tuned to meet customers’ requirements of scale and performance. There are three logical layers that make up the SAP solution:

  • Presentation layer
  • Application layer
  • Database layer

 
The presentation layer is typically a web-based interface or SAP Graphic User Interface (GUI) client that runs on an end user workstation. The application layer executes the business logic, manages client transactions, runs reports, and coordinates access to the database. The database layer is an off-the-shelf RDBMS and stores business-generated data.

 

How Sanovi DRM works

Sanovi DRM provides an application defined continuity based solution to address the various stages of the SAP DR life cycle. A typical SAP DR life cycle solution includes:

  • Configuration/provisioning
  • On-going monitoring of data replication, RPO, and health
  • Regular DR drills
  • Failover and recovery at the time of primary outage
  • Reporting on compliance and deviations

 

Unique Features and Benefits of Sanovi DRM for SAP

DR Health and RPO Dashboard

Once a DR solution has been implemented, IT operations do not have the visibility to be confident that the solution is meeting the set RPO metrics. Sanovi DRM provides a single dashboard that gives IT operations the required visibility into the SAP application RPO and the DR health status. Customers will no longer be caught unawares and risk failure during application recovery at the DR site.

 

Unique Features and Benefits of Sanovi DRManagement for SAP

DR Health and RPO Dashboard

Once a DR solution has been implemented, IT operations do not have the visibility to be confident that the solution is meeting the set RPO metrics. Sanovi DRM software provides a single dashboard that gives IT operations the required visibility into the SAP application RPO and the DR health status. Customers will no longer be caught unawares and risk a failure during application recovery at the DR site.

 

Flip-of-switch Failover and Drill

Application recovery has the highest success rate if it is not dependent solely on the right person doing everything correctly. Sanovi DRM provides an application-aware workflow engine that automates execution of the various DR actions required to failover and bring up the SAP on the DR site. Sanovi customers have consistently experienced over 70% reduction in the time required to perform DR drills that bring up the SAP application on DR as well as minimal dependency on experts.

 

Recovery Dependency Database

SAP applications have several critical sub-systems that must be up and available. For SAP to come up on the DR, the database, the central instance and all the dialogue instances must come up in an orderly manner; this is besides any networking and directory services recovery that must also be done. The bringing up and recovery of dependent sub-systems in an orderly manner is a huge challenge and currently requires manual co-ordination among various IT groups. Sanovi DRM provides the ability to maintain the required dependency relationship for SAP and the corresponding automation required to bring up the sub-systems in an orderly manner.

 

Compliance and Deviation Reports

Customers no longer have to manually compile DR drill reports, evidence of control for DR drills, and the number of times the SAP application deviated from its recovery objectives. Sanovi DRM provides reports that can be submitted to regulatory authorities and upper management and are also useful in performing capacity planning of the customer’s infrastructure. Through the reports, customers can easily detect where the bulk of the DR drill time was spent, the number of times the configured RPO value was exceeded in the last month, and which of the enterprise applications were tested in the last six months.
 

Rich eco-system to deploy and support Sanovi DRM

Sanovi works closely with several system integrators and services partners to deploy and support the Sanovi DRM solution across the manufacturing industry. This gives manufacturing companies the flexibility to zero in on a partner of their choice to deploy and manage the Sanovi DRM solution. Further, several service-related options to customize the product to meet specific needs or provide on-going operational support are also available through partners that have been well trained and hands on experienced, thus ensuring organizations maximize the benefits they can derive by deploying the Sanovi DRM solution.