With the myriad of services that you as a service provider offer your customers, performance efficiency must be the cornerstone of your services and processes. You need to deliver secure, scalable and highly resilient services, whilst of course reducing cost to ensure a healthy business. An almost impossible challenge!
Increasingly, however, cloud-native Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) proves to be a real money saver when compared to legacy disaster recovery (DR) services or stand-alone tools. Not only that, DRaaS also offers a number of other valuable features.
One such 'as a Service' offering in the ongoing challenge of business continuity is VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery (VCDR). With VCDR you offer your customers an automated, on-demand disaster recovery solution that protects and recovers their workloads with the smarts of a fox and the thrift of a squirrel for your own operations.
What are the three pluses you can expect from VMware’s VCDR?
1. Decrease complexity
- Existing disaster recovery solutions usually consist of combined hardware and software services from different vendors to achieve DR processes, each with their specific tools and operational procedures.
+ One SaaS offering simplifies maintenance operations; customers don’t need to learn new operational processes and are able to use the toolsets that they currently use, for example during transient testing or failover events.
2. Reduce cost and TCO
- Traditional DR solutions require secondary data centres and colo facilities with the requisite hardware and software, together with appropriate networking. This investment generally lies dormant and is never fully utilised.
+ VCDR allows you to manage both the cloud DR site and production sites with VMware vCenter and retain access to familiar vSphere constructs – such as clusters, resource pools, datastores, virtual switches and port groups – following a failover, with TCO savings up to 60%.
3. Be confident
- Existing solutions often use infrastructure and software products from different vendors that require multiple integrations and orchestrations. These need to be tested before a full or partial DR test can take place at all. And honestly... how often do you run a full DR test yourself?
+ VCDR is all-inclusive and performs DR health checks every 30 minutes, or well over 17,000 times a year, on up to 1,500 VMs across multiple SDDC clusters, giving confidence that the DR plan will work when needed and comply with SLAs and audit and compliance requirements.
Easy-access on-demand disaster recovery, delivered as a SaaS solution.
1 Compared to on-premise disaster recovery solutions
2 Subject to a site-specific factors, including environment size, uplink speeds, pre-deployment steps
As a service provider, you can gain immediate value from implementing VMware VCDR in a number of scenarios that may sound familiar:
The VCDR solution is an easy-to-use, automated, cloud-based offering with no need to own or rent infrastructure in another data centre. All health checks and disaster recovery failovers and failbacks can be automated and tested to ensure your workflows and processes will work.
The ability to set different policies for different sets of services and applications allows you to optimise costs by paying only for the services with the highest SLA requirements, rather than a blanket policy that covers all your potentially non-essential services. As a result, you can configure and offer different tiers of DR offerings as flexible services to your customers that will fit their needs.
Due to the way VMware’s VCDR service is architected, the recovery points replicated to the AWS cloud storage service are immutable and configurable, so they can be held for minutes, hours, days and longer, dependent on the individual requirements of you and your customers. This allows you to protect and quickly restore valued data, ensuring you are always one step ahead of potential threats to your business.
As a VMware Aggregator Partner, Insight is pleased to offer VMware’s Virtual Cloud Disaster Recovery (VCDR) together with a raft of other products and solutions as part of the VMware Cloud Provider Programme. Contact one of our cloud specialists for a talk.