Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Simple and reliable disaster recovery for all your applications

  • Sebastiaan Tempels
  • June 10, 2014

Many organizations today do not have adequate disaster recovery (DR) protection for their applications. In most cases, disaster recovery is perceived as too expensive, complex and unreliable for any but the most mission-critical applications. Disaster recovery is a form of insurance to protect your IT assets when a disaster strikes. Just like good insurance, the best disaster recovery should provide great protection, with minimum hassle, at the lowest possible cost. 
An increasing reliance on technology in all businesses today means the cost of downtime is higher than ever. Whether your concerns are focused on specific types of incidents such as application corruption, virus, or natural disaster, or you need to fulfill a specific SLA or regulatory requirement. Business continuity and disaster recovery is paramount for ensuring your business critical environment, data, and online presence is available for use with minimal downtime. For businesses that don't have the need or assets to invest in a backup datacenter, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) was developed. Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solutions enable organizations to recover their IT resources efficiently and effectively when an adverse situation strikes, protecting you from loss of revenue, data, or reputation.  
Depending on your current virtualization platform and investment, two possible solutions where developed for each scenario. If you are standardized on VMware, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service's Disaster Recovery is the preferred solution. When standardized on Hyper-V, Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager is the answer. They both give you a solution that can bring down your Recovery point objectives (RPO) and Recovery time objectives (RTO). It also provides you automated disaster recovery, automated failover testing and recovery. All of this for a relative low cost opposed to the investment in a backup datacenter and protected in the cloud.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service's Disaster Recovery:  
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery is a recovery-as-a-service offering that introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for vSphere virtual environments. Built on VMware’s hypervisor-based replication engine, vSphere Replication, and integrated with vCloud Hybrid Service, Disaster Recovery offers a cost-effective, simple, automated process for replication and recovering applications and data in a standby environment.  

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager:  
Hyper-V Recovery Manager uses the capabilities provided by Windows Server's Hyper-V Replica feature to backup VMs from a primary data center to a secondary data center using System Center Virtual Machine Manager. In the event of an outage at the primary data center, Hyper-V Recovery Manager automates the failover process to bring workloads back up at the secondary site with minimal downtime. Hyper-V Recovery Manager can also be used to test the recovery process.

Contact us about Cloud-Based or traditional Disaster Recovery to discuss which solution is the best fit for you.