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VMware announced vCloud Air for Disaster Recovery – UPDATED

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on April 30, 2014

Editor’s note: We updated this post to reflect VMware’s rebranding of vCloud Hybrid Service for Disaster Recovery, to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Also, look to the bottom of this post for a link to register for our upcoming webinar on August 28th, 2014. In this webinar, our VMware experts reveal the VMworld 2014 announcements that will affect you most!

Organizations need to protect themselves from a disaster or service interruption. However, the reality is:

  • 24% of companies said they have experienced a full data disaster (Forrester)
  • 95% of companies of companies experienced a data outage in the past year (Ponemon Institute)
  • Average cost of downtime for a midsize company is $70,000 per hour (Gartner)
  • 70% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. (PricewaterhouseCooper)

What can you do to ensure your virtual machines are protected? Here’s one great option. On April 15, 2014 VMware announced vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery (editors note: now VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery), a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution.

What is it?

VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) solution that offers some key features:

  • Self-service disaster recovery protection for virtual machines
  • Recovery point objectives (RPO) from 15 minutes to 24 hours
  • Recovery time objectives (RTO) of 4 hours or less
  • Automated failover testing, planned migrations and recovery
  • Elastic cloud compute and storage capacity
  • Support for offline data seeding
  • Private leased line network options
  • Flexible failover testing


Who its for

This solution offers VMware vSphere (now offered with operations management) customers the ability to protect their onsite business and mission-critical workloads and recover them in the cloud in the event of a disaster or disruptive event.

Why we like it

We believe vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is a good fit for SMB and Mid-Market clients. There are 4 reasons why:

  1. Protect your applications and data in the cloud without investing in hardware, without hiring and training new specialists, and without investing in a secondary site.
  2. Lower your disaster recovery costs by choosing from flexible subscription options and paying for only what you need, with on-demand scalability to accommodate shifting requirements
  3. Gain control with self-service protection by setting customer Recovery Point Objectives per virtual machine for fine-grained control over replication frequency based on business application priorities
  4. Streamline your environment by using the same tools, skills, processes, and support you use with your onsite vSphere environment

Three things you may be wondering

1. Do I need to be an active vCloud Air subscriber to opt in for the service? No. The service is designed to be independent of other core vCloud Air subscriptions and is available to any VMware vSphere customer, regardless of whether they have purchased infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) subscriptions from VMware in the past.

2. What is included with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery? The service includes various software elements that span across your onsite environment up to and including vCloud Air as an endpoint. At a minimum this will include:

  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (or above)
  • VMware vCenter 5.1 (or above)
  • VMware vSphere Replication (included with current subscription to vSphere)
  • VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery (active DR to Cloud subscription)
  • A provisioned DR virtual data center (DR-VDC) within the vCloud Air (DR-VDC)
  • Internet connectivity between a customer’s on-premises environment and vCloud Air

3. How is vCloud Air Disaster Recovery packaged and how can it be purchased? vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is a subscription based service offering with term lengths of 1, 12, 24, and 36 months. The service is packaged based on the amount of resource capacity (Compute, Storage and Bandwidth) reserved for replication and failover. A customer can purchase a core subscription (set increment of Compute, Storage and Bandwidth) and then any additional add-on options needed to properly accommodate a customer’s disaster recovery requirements. Get a full FAQ document here.

What you should do right now – VMworld 2014 Webinar

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