Architecting a Disaster Recovery Solution for ThinkAgile VX using VMware Cloud on AWS

Architecting a Disaster Recovery Solution for ThinkAgile VX using VMware Cloud on AWS

Disaster Recovery Planning has become one of the top priorities for IT organizations irrespective of the industry segment or size of the business. In the last year itself, we saw United Airlines have an outage which led to the grounding of all domestic flights in the United States, we saw Gitlabs have an outage due to a human error and Instapaper suffering a 31 hour outage due to hitting resource limits in the cloud. These are just a few cases that made the news, but if you look at the following numbers, you would want to rethink your Disaster Recovery Strategy.

  • More than half of companies (54%) experienced a downtime event that lasted more than 8 hours – one full work day – in the past five years.
  • 93% of companies without Disaster Recovery who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year.
  • 96% of companies with a trusted backup and disaster recovery plan were able to survive ransomware attacks.

93% of the companies without a Disaster Recovery Plan go out of business within a year after a disaster strikes!!, these numbers don’t look good if you are the ones running that business.

To help companies and organizations build a resilient, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective Disaster Recovery Strategy, Lenovo and VMware have partnered to architect a Disaster Recovery Solution using Lenovo ThinkAgile VX and VMware Cloud on AWS with VMware Site Recovery Service. This solution helps IT organizations plan for a disaster without making that additional investment of instantiating and maintaining a secondary site.

In this solution, we have the Lenovo ThinkAgile VX based Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) environment in their primary data center running the production workloads and you have VMware Cloud on AWS as the secondary site, that can run your production workloads if you experience a site failure at your primary site. Using VMware Site Recovery Service along with VMware Cloud on AWS provides an on-demand site protection service for applications running on a common vSphere based environment across your primary and secondary site.

Here are some of the advantages of following this architecture for your building your disaster recovery strategy:

  • Easy to use secondary/DR Site: Since VMware manages the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC environment, you don’t have to invest in dedicated IT staff at the secondary site. You don’t need to make the capital expenditure to build and maintain a secondary site.
  • Workload Mobility: Since you are running vSphere based environments on both the On-Prem and public cloud environments, you can easily migrate your applications between the On-Prem Datacenter built on ThinkAgile VX and the VMware Cloud on AWS based Datacenter environments, without the need for additional conversion tools to convert your VMDK files to Amazon Machine Images (AMI) format.
  • Site Recovery Manager (SRM): Since VMware Site Recovery Service uses SRM and vSphere Replication under the covers, you still get all the benefits of SRM like Protection Groups and Recovery Plans which help you orchestrate your application recovery workflows in the event of a disaster. To add to that, you can also use SRM to test your recovery plans or even run planned migration tasks.

These are just a few benefits that you get by using this solution, to learn more you should definitely attend my session at VMworld. You can register for it here: https://my.vmworld.com/widget/vmware/vmworld18us/uscatalog?search=HYP3694BUS

In addition to the session, you should definitely check out the whitepaper that Lenovo and VMware co-engineered and co-authored for this solution: https://lenovopress.com/LP0947

If you are attending VMworld next week, then stop by the Lenovo Booth and have a quick chat or just say Hi.!

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