Features of Vmware Cloud Director Availability
Full Onboarding and Migration
Managed onboarding and DR as a service for onpremises to cloud, and cloud to cloud scenarios.
• Seed on-boarding / Migration jobs and delay initial seed start times to office out of hours to minimize bandwidth affects
• Accurately understand correct capacity storage and compute needed for failover at target site to ensure service will have enough resources and assist with resource planning.
• Control over NIC and bandwidth configuration in onpremise replicator appliance assisting customers with complex networks and expensive bandwidth.
• Automatic disk resizing reconfiguration for DR to accept the new size without any manual intervention, ensuring operational changes are ‘absorbed’ in the
solution without impacts on DR coverage.
• Provide self-service ‘cold’ or ‘warm’ VM migration from on-premises to cloud, cloud to on-premises, or vApp and VM migrations cloud to cloud between VMware Cloud Director instances.
• Automate the inventory collection of an organization’s vDCs’, unprotected and protected vAPPs, underlying VMs, storage profiles, and virtual data center Networks. This includes vApp settings and configurations which can be restored with ordering conditions and networking changes if necessary.
• Tenant onboarding used to be a manual task and now can be fully API driven, helping new customers access the service faster and without error.
Disaster Recovery Service Organization Controls
• Whitelisted, activation-controlled service is disabled by default, allowing partner to upsell DR to customers. Org controls include max RPO, snapshots, and replicants to help tier tenant DR offerings.
• VMware Cloud Director Availability is integrated into VMware Cloud Director to provide at a glance protection status and incontext menu to start and manage replication and DR actions to protect vApps and virtual machines.
• Service Providers can now define and control Service Level Agreement (SLA) replications settings: Recovery Point Objective (RPO), retention policy for the point-in-time instances, quiescing, compression, and initial synchronization time by using SLA profiles that can be assigned to organizations making it simpler for an organization to consume the DRaaS.
• To restore a workload to a previous state, tenants now in 4.0 can use point-in-time or stored instances. To avoid the automatic retention of point-in-time instances, tenants can store point-in-time instances (the number is limited by the provider in the SLA profile for the org). The stored instances do not change, you can use them to recover the workload to the stored instance, regardless of the overall retention period of the point-in-time instances.
• Service providers can now configure a limit for the replication data traffic from the on premises to cloud sites for regions where bandwidth is a premium. Providers can also set a global limit in VMware Cloud Director Availability for the total incoming replication traffic from all cloud sites.
On-Premises to Cloud and Cloud-to-Cloud Disaster Recovery
• Tenants can completely self-serve and automate replication, migration, failover, and failback of vApps and post failover operations from their vCenter plugin or from the VMWare Cloud Director interface using the solutions symmetric capabilities. The 4.0 improved user interface provides better usability and efficiency: VMware Cloud Director Availability now provides easier replication management and overview of the tasks by simplifying the management interface.
• Service providers must be able to resource plan to ensure that the service can satisfy any failover testing or events within their clouds. Resource requirements for compute vCPU and vGB RAM can be listed and aggregated for customer org VDC, organizations and provider VDC to help with capacity planning. This is very important for providers to manage as customers are not limited to the number of tests that they can execute.
• Storage management is key for Disaster Recovery as customers replicate their workloads and variations in RPO and the number and granularity of multiple point in time instances will dramatically impact the amount of storage used. VMware Cloud Director Availability now shows the disk space used by each virtual machine replication and aggregates the disk usage information per organization. Tenants can monitor the disk usage for every replication in all directions to help them understand each workloads’ requirement and providers can monitor the disk usage for every organization via UI and API for metering and capacity management.
• What if replications fail or there are issues with the system? How is operations to know? In 4.0 service providers can use the syslog feature to monitor the event notifications that VMware Cloud Director Availability generates either by using a syslog server or in VMware Cloud Director by monitoring the VMware Cloud Director Availability events. Syslog events can be forwarded to a log manager, like vRealize Log Insight (which is included in the Flex core bundle) where they can be filtered and changed into alarms and notifications.
Guaranteed Service Level Agreements
• Speed of recovery and granularity of recovery are important DR considerations. However not all workloads require a fast Recovery Point Objective (RPO) as the faster the RPO the more storage will be consumed. Most applications will be fine with a 1hr RPO, and VMware Cloud Director Availability will support a max. RPO of 5 minutes (in vSphere 6.5 and above), but the RPO is completely customizable by the service provider for your tenants in SLA profiles. The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is still the time it takes for the VM to power on.
Deep Integration with VMware Stack
• Core component of Cloud Provider Platform enables cloud providers to offer differentiated services.
• The new release provides support for cluster datastore allowing you to perform storage migration to a cluster datastore.
• Support for edge clusters in vCloud Director ensures optimum performance of vCloud Director environments.
Service Provider “Day 2” Operations and Monitoring
• Policy based management of the DR service provided to customers is controlled by SLA profiles making it far easier to operationalize and to meter consumption and usage.
• Migrate tenants from one vCloud Director to another, for example, to set up a new data center or if there’s a need to perform maintenance.
Benefits of VMware Cloud Director Availability
Enjoy unified management built on familiar tools with a modern HTML-5 interface, native integration with VMware Cloud Director, rapid appliance deployment models, and a single role-based access control (RBAC) portal to tenants and service providers. Intuitive native in-context Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with simple tiered options for different workload criticality drives increased consumption and stability. Understanding service capacity requirements and integrating operational awareness for the entire solution means cloud providers can confidently deploy and manage large volumes of customers without additional operational costs.
Part of the VMware Cloud Provider Platform, VMware Cloud Director Availability has been designed to dramatically simplify cloud onboarding, enables cost effective availability and recovery, and secure operations to cloud providers and their end customers. The solution integrates in-context with VMware Cloud Director to offer DRaaS, self-service on-boarding and migration to VMware Cloud Director-based clouds.
Benefit from a subscription-based, highly competitively priced solution designed with core features to minimize costs and tight integration to reduce operational management costs. Additional flexibility and compelling economics are delivered through storage independence from VMware vSphere Replication, tenant self-service protection, failover, and failback workflows, and granular per virtual machine or per-vApp controls.
Not all workloads are equal, and whilst customers need to align cost to criticality, service provides must personalize services to their customers without incurring operational cost nor stability issues. DRaaS SLA Profiles brings simple tiering of services to customers with personalization provided by their cloud provider allowing a provider to increase their service margins with the correct tiering for customer workloads.
Veeam Backup & Replication
Industry-leading Backup, Recovery and Replication SoftwareVeeam Backup & Replication delivers Availability for ALL your cloud, virtual and physical workloads. Through a simple-by-design management console, you can easily achieve fast, flexible and reliable backup, recovery and replication for all your applications and data
Features of Veeam Backup & Replication
Veeam Backup & Replication offers industry leading features such as:
• Cloud, virtual and physical backup and recovery options
• Image-based virtual machine (VM) replication from a VM or backup
• Built-in management and deployment for Veeam Agents for Linux and
for Microsoft Windows
• Unlimited storage capacity capabilities with Scale-out Backup
Repository™ and Veeam Cloud Tier object storage support
• Simple 2-step direct restore to AWS, Microsoft Azure and more
• Veeam DataLabs™: Verified recovery, security compliance and vitrual
• Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory,
Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle
• Storage Snapshots and advanced storage integration
• Enterprise plug-ins for SAP HANA and Oracle RMAN
• Data integration API and Universal Storage API
• Built-in WAN Acceleration including a high-bandwidth mode
• Encryption, compression and deduplication
• And much more!
New features in Veeam Backup & Replication v10
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• Intelligent backup copy with offsite SQL log processing: Stop doing manual backups and copy your SQL logs off site.
• Over 150 new features and improvements.