IBM invents cloud solution for data centre disaster disruption

IBM is formulating a plan that will use the cloud to reduce data centre disruption when natural disasters occur.

CloudPro reports that IBM Labs is working together with students at a New York state based college to construct software-defined networking [SDN] technology to assist companies to reposition networks as well as move data and applications in the event of a disaster occurring.

“With our invention, a network administrator could immediately and remotely migrate the virtual machine to another data centre in New Jersey, which is safe because it is outside the potential disaster area,” said Zachary Meath, a student at Marist College, using Hurricane Sandy as an example.

The SDN advancement being tested by IBM in conjunction with Marist College will give IT professionals remote access to a system and allow them to make changes to network resources using a wireless device and network controller developed at Marist.

Development began after the disruption to voice and data communications in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year and the plan, according to IBM, is to cut re-provisionsing times from days to minutes. Meath reiterated this is the plan by stating the project’s end game is for companies to be able to re-provision a network “in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, which is currently the norm.”

In addition the team has created an application that can compile various statistics on the network that automatically communicates with the Openflow controller to make any changes that are required.

The same team has also developed a web interface known as Avior that allows a network administrator to add, delete and modify work flows on a network wherever they are located and can be used on a mobile device.

The solution is currently being demonstrated to IBM customers with the expectation that it will become commercially available in 2014.