Earlier this year VMware released a new vCloud Air service for Disaster Recovery that brings business continuity protection for your vSphere on premise Virtual Machines:
- A simple solution operated from the vSphere Web client and powered by vSphere Replication
- Agile as it can scale up quickly with additional Cloud compute, storage, IPs and direct network connect capacity up to 1000 simultaneous replications to a vCloud Air Disaster Recovery enabled Virtual Data Center
- Reduces physical infrastructure Capex
- Variable term service options minimize Opex
Version 1 includes Disaster Recovery from on premise to vCloud Air, version 2 which is being rolled out in the different vCloud Air regions includes Multiple Point In Time recovery (ability to recover to one of the 24 previous replications) and Failing Back from vCloud Air to on premise.
These new capabilities as well as the possibility to testing a fail over offer new business continuity possibilities for some Enterprise Applications.
Once the vCloud Air Virtual Data Center networking setup is completed and the infrastructure Virtual Machines such as the domain controllers are replicated application Virtual Machines replications can be set up in a few minutes with a minimum Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of 15 minutes. This is technically accomplished with tracking changes and replicating only the latest deltas. Continue reading