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Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster. Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters, internal expertise and budget to do so — options that aren’t available for most mid-market organizations.

However the tides are changing, as many organizations look away from traditional disaster recovery solutions and to the cloud. According to an IDG market survey, 43% of respondents are getting started with hybrid cloud to improve their disaster recovery capabilities. With VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, businesses can leverage cloud-based disaster recovery at a price they can afford, while using the tools they’re already familiar with.

While there are many reasons to adopt a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, we highlight the top 5 reasons below:

1. Ease of Getting Started 

Traditional disaster recovery plans are often complex, requiring dedicated budgets, knowledgeable staff and management resources your organization may not be able to spare.

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery makes it easy for organizations to get an effective disaster recovery plan in place. By providing a simple, secure, automated process for replicating and recovering applications and data in the case of a local disaster or disruptive event, vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is the cheaper alternative to investing in new hardware or specialists.

2. Flexible, Lower Cost Alternative

In the past, traditional disaster recovery solutions often forced companies to decide what they need to protect versus what they can afford to protect. This situation puts companies in a vulnerable position – if a disaster were to strike, inadequate protection could result in the loss of valuable company data.

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery addresses variable capacity requirements needed to support common disaster recovery use cases, allowing organizations to replicate, failover and recover at a significantly reduced price point. vCloud Air Disaster Recovery also provides flexible subscription options, so you only need to pay for what you need.

3. Simplified Environment

Implementing a disaster recovery solution doesn’t have to be a complicated process. vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is built on VMware vSphere® Replication and integrated with vCloud Air, letting you leverage the same tools, skill sets, and processes your IT team already uses.

4. Management Consistency

The ongoing maintenance and monitoring of disaster recovery solutions usually requires new training and skills, which can be time-consuming and cost prohibitive for many organizations.

However, vCloud Air Disaster Recovery provides users with a single interface and common management with your onsite VMware environment. This allows admins to use the UI they’re already familiar, and comfortable, with to manage your disaster recovery environment. Workflow execution and task management are also available to ensure access to your disaster recovery environment at all times.

5. Self-Service Protection

The quality of a disaster recovery solution often depends on the quality of support your organization receives when implementing and testing it.

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery allows self-serve protection, which means you have complete control over what to protect and when. You can also set custom Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) for each virtual machine and control replication frequency based on application priorities.

Cloud-based disaster recovery — like vCloud Air Disaster Recovery — gives organizations more benefits and control at a lower price point than traditional disaster recovery solutions. For more information on why you should adopt cloud-based disaster recovery and common use cases, download our whitepaper.

To learn more about vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, visit us at vCloud.VMware.com.

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