AWS disaster recovery solutions enable customers to mitigate and easily recover from disasters which could make assets critical to business operations inaccessible. Organizations can frequently test and update their DR solution at production scale, so they can meet stringent recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) requirements, map out application dependencies, and effectively reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
When using the cloud as your target DR infrastructure, no hardware is needed, and you pay for your fully provisioned cloud DR site only when required, such as during a disaster or drill. This means no CapEx investment or unnecessary duplicate provisioning of resources.
The DR solution keeps servers continuously in sync in the cloud, without running any OS or application licenses. In the event of a disaster or a test, you can launch your servers within minutes, and only then will you need these third-party licenses.
The cloud allows you to replicate your workloads into a low-cost storage area, which means you do not need to pay for expensive compute during regular DR operation. With the cloud, you get the resilience of a highly available system with near-zero RPOs and RTOs at the cost of a cold standby solution.
Cloud-based DR solutions provide much better automation than traditional solutions, which means fewer IT resources are required to launch or maintain the service. The DR solution that oﬀers automated orchestration of the application stacks, which can be performed in advance during the implementation stage.
While cloud-based DR is clearly a less expensive approach than traditional on-premises DR, you may be wondering whether this option is as eﬀective and robust. The answer is yes. Not only does cloud-based DR technology provide top-of-the-line DR, it also provides capabilities not available with traditional DR strategies.
Quickly spin up machines for your periodic DR drills without disrupting your source environment.
Protect physical, virtual, or cloud-based source machines by replicating them into a DR site in the cloud.
Conﬁgure your cloud environment, replicate your servers, and perform DR drills whenever you want. Deployment is easy, and access to cloud resources is instantaneous.
Choose a region in your preferred cloud that is located in a diﬀerent geographic region than your source environment in order to achieve geographic redundancy.
On total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to traditional disaster recovery solutions.
Restoring operations to source servers automatically.
With AWS and FORTE CLOUD solutions, your company can scale up its infrastructure on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis, enabling greater flexibility and cost-efficiency than on-premises DR solutions. AWS enables you to rapidly provision highly secure and reliable infrastructure to minimize the impact of a disaster.
CloudEndure Disaster Recovery into Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. It minimizes downtime and data loss by enabling fast, reliable recovery of physical, virtual, and cloud-based servers into AWS in the event of IT disruption.
When using DR technologies that provide continuous data replication, you should expect near-zero RPO (normally seconds), depending on the latency and network quality between your source servers and target AWS Region.
Two key capabilities enable quick recovery into AWS:
1) Automated machine conversion of your source servers
into AWS instances.
2) Automated large-scale DR orchestration
Cloud-based DR technologies that include these two
capabilities deliver recovery times of minutes and can
launch all of your target machines in parallel.
This entirely depends on the DR solution. Some cloudbased DR solutions require rebooting your system or taking frequent snapshots and may impact system performance or require local storage at the expense of your primary applications. Others are designed to be non-intrusive.
With some DR solutions, this can be a cumbersome manual process of setting up your source servers and applications from scratch, moving the data, and then keeping it in sync until the point of failback. Other DR solutions allow you to simply reverse the replication direction and keep the data in real-time sync back to your primary site within minutes once the disaster is over and you are ready for failback.
A cloud-based DR solution that performs replication at the OS level (rather than at the hypervisor or SAN level) can support recovery of any type of infrastructure into AWS, including physical, virtual, and cloud-based servers. When the replication is conducted at the block level, any file system or application (including legacy applications) can be transparently supported. Companies commonly use cloud-based DR for mission-critical databases and applications from vendors, such as Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft.
Absolutely. When you use AWS as your DR target infrastructure, you simply have a dormant copy of your workloads as AWS instances, which can then be fully launched whenever you choose to do so. You can continue to use any infrastructure you choose for your production environment, as long as your DR solution performs block-level replication.
As long as your DR solution uses proper data-at-rest and data-in-transit encryption, your data is secure. If desired, request that your DR solution allow you to be in control of the data path for the replication traffic over your private networks. Ask AWS any specific questions you might have about meeting the regulatory compliance requirements applicable to your business.
DR drills are much easier when using the cloud as a target. If you use an on-premises data center as a target, you need to ensure that the resources needed for the drill are provisioned and paid for in advance. In some cases, your source applications will be disrupted to avoid network conflicts. However, when using AWS as a DR target, you can simply request the resources when needed and only pay for them upon use. Furthermore, you can spin up your target
Yes. With the appropriate cloud-based DR solution, you can recover back to previous consistent points in time.
So whether it is a virus, hacker, or ransomware attack that compromises your data or corrupts your database, you can recover to a time prior to the disruption.
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