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For some, having a Disaster Recovery plan means having a second copy of their data offsite, whether on tape in a vault or in cloud. But while offsite data protection is certainly an important first step toward disaster recovery, it’s not the whole story. For most shops, the goal of a disaster recovery plan is to not only have your data offsite, but to restore and run entire services and applications offsite, preferably sooner rather than later.
Backing up your servers to the cloud gets you partially to cloud-based recovery. With that, it becomes feasible—if not necessarily easy or quick—to restore a server in the cloud from a cloud backup. Many of Veeam’s customers use its Veeam Backup and Replication Cloud Edition to make a copy of their VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, thanks to an integrated gateway that provides an interface to those cloud providers’ object storage services.
Things get tricky because both AWS and Azure run proprietary virtualization environments, which could be different from what you are running in house. If you had to do a full recovery, it would be technically difficult because AWS and Azure don’t run VMware or Hyper-V. To get backed-up VMs running there, you would have to convert the backed-up VM from the original VMware or Hyper-V format to the cloud provider’s, which may lengthen the process.
If disaster recovery—not just data protection—is your goal, a better option is to use a cloud provider that offers the same virtualization platform you have in-house. Having your cloud DR site closely match up with your on-premises environment definitely simplifies things.
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If you’d like to discuss any of the above best practices or lessons learned with us or to learn more about how we are partnering with companies just like yours to ensure the availability of mission-critical applications, please contact us at (855) US STELLAR.