Cloud Disaster Recovery (Cloud DR) enables recovery of one or more of your protected VMs to a cloud provider. Supported clouds include Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS GovCloud, and Microsoft Azure. Administrators can create runbooks that define disaster plans to recover multiple VMs to the cloud. The Cloud DR runbook offers features such as recovery orchestration definition, including network and security groups association, VM boot-order definition, and instance-type selection. The DP4400 solution manages Cloud DR and runbooks, so administrators can easily and efficiently implement and monitor cloud recovery.
Cloud DR also provides the option of creating a rapid-recovery copy of a protected VM to enable the fast recovery of the VM to the cloud. Creating a rapid-recovery copy starts with a rehydrating process that converts the VMDK files to the cloud provider’s required format. The cloud administrator then needs to run only the recovered VM. The rapid-recovery copy feature speeds the process of moving applications to the cloud during a planned outage.
Many IT organizations must annually test and validate their disaster recovery plans. Cloud DR can recover a VM to the cloud as part of disaster recovery testing. It enables temporary access to a virtual cloud instance to retrieve data or verify that the recovery VM is working before running a failover.
Cloud DR also supports moving a recovered production application in the cloud back to the data center. From the DP4400 appliance, the administrator directs Cloud DR to copy the cloud application to a new on-premises VM. The administrator can monitor the failback process from the activity screen and verify that the production VM is again running within the data center.