By Laura Ortman, General Manager, vCloud Air
Yesterday we shared some new developments around vCloud Air that address enterprise hybrid cloud requirements including a new VMware Cloud Foundation service and a new offering for Disaster Recovery (DR). The new Disaster Recovery solution, which will enter Beta next week, is an innovative approach that combines different vCloud Air services including our Dedicated Cloud, Hybrid Cloud Manager, and vSphere-based replication to deliver an enterprise-centric solution for the largest and most demanding DR use cases.
This new service, along with our existing vCloud Air Disaster Recovery offering, enables us to deliver a right-sized DR solution for every customer segment and vertical. From protection of remote and branch office locations, to commercial businesses that have less than 100 virtual machines, to large enterprise customers who have hundreds of virtual machines, our customers are seeing the business benefits of our DR offerings.
Scaling with Business Growth
One of our UK customers, a large online retailer, relied heavily on a DR solution involving time-intensive manual setup and testing prior to adopting vCloud Air. vCloud Air Disaster Recovery provided them a simple, automated process for replicating and recovering critical applications and data in a warm standby environment in the UK. The simplicity of the vCloud Air solution meant the company was able to easily grow its environment on vCloud Air to accommodate shifting environment needs and to provide a safe haven for its business critical information. But this fast pace of growth also introduces new challenges. With over 650 workloads being protected and more being added all the time, the complexity of their DR strategy increased. It is not just about replicating virtual machines as they now need a breadth of options to support their disaster recovery plans. In a true disaster scenario, they would need warm standby workloads and some pilot light workloads that are always-on. In a more limited scenario, like a rack failing, they may only need to partially failover.
For customers that have hundreds of workloads to protect, the scalability of the networking infrastructure gets more complex; twenty subnets in each DR VPC becomes a constraint, especially if some are reserved for non-disruptive failover testing. If a major disaster were to occur which requires rebuilding of hardware infrastructure, it may take weeks or even months for all the failed over workloads to be returned to the on-premises location. A company would need the failed over workloads to operate live on vCloud Air with the same performance and security they are accustomed to on-premises. Finally, if there’s a high rate of change in the protected workloads, a customer may begin to saturate their network connection between their data center and vCloud Air with replication data.
Combining the Best of vCloud Air
These scale and complexity issues are why customers are working with us on our next-generation DRaaS solution. Based on our existing Dedicated Cloud, they can run both active workloads and protected workloads side-by-side making it a single solution for both standby, pilot, and replicated workloads. They aspire to automate replication, failover and failback with the help of a runbook, and the physical isolation will help them achieve custom licensing requirements (ex. Oracle, MSFT) and satisfy compliance audits. Customers can also leverage the software-defined WAN capabilities from Hybrid Cloud Manager to improve network performance between vCloud Air and their local networks, accelerating and modernizing their overall business continuity and disaster recovery strategy.
Customers in the new service will also have access to Advanced Networking Services powered by the underlying NSX platform. That means they will be able to leverage microsegmentation for increased security and the increased network scaling up to 200 routed network segments per Virtual Data Center.
As companies embrace and integrate more cloud-based services to their overall IT strategy, they see the ability to reduce costs by replacing secondary Disaster Recovery sites entirely with cloud-based services like this one.
This new service, along with our existing vCloud Air Disaster Recovery offering, provides our customers a complete portfolio of options to protect their existing on-premises investments. To learn more about this new tier of Availability service from vCloud Air or if you are interested in participating in the beta, contact your VMware sales rep.
To learn more about leveraging the cloud to preserve your IT infrastructure, read Public Cloud Strategies for Protecting Your IT Infrastructure.
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