Few companies were prepared for the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on their organization and IT infrastructure, including accelerated shifts in IT strategy and expedited timelines around digital transformation. While the transformation of end-user productivity, process automation and security are critical to adapting to situations such as a pandemic, it is important to remember that your disaster recovery strategy also needs change to align with modified IT strategies.
Transforming your disaster recovery strategy to a cloud-based solution is a natural fit due to the resilient and distributed nature of DR architecture. Utilizing the cloud is also a logical choice for a target disaster recovery location, as the main hyperscalers like AWS build highly redundant and resilient data centers to support production IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions.
The benefits of a cloud-based disaster recovery service
The benefits of using a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, are tremendous. To start, almost all traditional backup and recovery technologies integrate with major cloud service providers, eliminating the need to learn something new.
You only need to deploy and build what is required to support your disaster recovery plan—a cost-saving benefit. There is no equipment to maintain and manage, thus lowering operating expenses. Lastly, along with having the ability to recover in any cloud region available, recovery times are usually much quicker due to the automation and orchestration component of DRaaS.
The importance of automation and orchestration
While it is important that the target environment meets the technical and business requirements of your disaster recovery plan, the automation and orchestration around the recovery is even more imperative.
Organizations should strive for minimal manual processes and human involvement during a recovery. For this reason, Intel-powered VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery (VCDR) is leading the way when it comes to cloud disaster recovery.
An overview of VCDR
VCDR is software deployed onto either an on-demand or pilot light VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS environment, both of which employ Intel scalable processors running on AWS bare metal hardware. A DRaaS connector deployed in the production environment handles replication to a scale-out file system utilizing cost-efficient AWS S3 storage. As the solution itself is SaaS-based, all orchestration and automation during a failover event is handled by the service, allowing for live mount recovery of virtual machines (VMs) in the target VMC environment. Further benefits include no VM format conversions, disaster recovery health checks, simple pay-as-you-go pricing, and ransomware protection.
Regardless of the motivation behind a digital transformation effort, disaster recovery should always be included as part of that process. As the pandemic proved, organizations need to:
- Be agile, responsive to continuous change, and able to support a remote workforce.
- Take advantage of the size and scale of the main cloud providers.
- Engage a hybrid cloud model with a software-based disaster recovery solution that takes the guesswork out of a failover event.
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