vCloud Availability for vCloud Director service

 

 

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director is a Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution that provides simple and secure asynchronous replication and failover for vSphere managed workloads. The service operates through a vCloud Air Network Service Provider, and each installation provides recovery for multiple tenants. The service provides the following features:

Self-service protection, failover and failback workflows per VM

Recovery point objective (RPO) from 15 minutes to 24 hours

Initial data seeding by shipping a disk

For the service provider, vCloud Availability for vCloud Director:

Integrates with existing vSphere environments

Multi-tenant support

Built-in encryption of replication traffic

Supports multiple vSphere versions

Supports multiple ESXi versions

Individual systems are isolated as virtual machine files

Full integration with vCenter web client

Automation provided through standard web service APIs

Failover from On-Premises to Cloud

Replicates data from on-premises vSphere workloads to service provider cloud environments. After the virtual machines are replicated, failover support for executing the workloads in the cloud. Recovery Point Objective (RPO) can be configured from 15 minutes to 24 hours.

Fail back to on-premises

For failover loads that have been migrated to the cloud, changes can be replicated back to the on-premise environment. Workloads can then failback for execution in the on-premise environment.

Multiple Point In Time (MPIT) Recovery

Up to 24 restore points can be created. Depending on the RPO configuration, restoration is available from any recovery point.

The architecture of the solution relies on the service provider environment that provides the replication target and the customer, or tenant, environment that employs vSphere replication to move the data to the service provider. In the service provider environment, multiple components operate together to support replication, secure communication, and storage of the replicated data. Each service provider can support recovery for multiple customer environments that can scale to handle increasing loads for each tenant, and for multiple tenants.

On the tenant side, a single VM instance is deployed in the tenant vSphere environment. This provides management service that is used to oversee the replication operation for each replicated VM. Standard vSphere Replication is used to exchange this information with the service provider infrastructure.

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director

 

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