Disaster Recovery as a Service

What is DRaaS?

With Disaster Recovery our customers can be ensured that their business continues in case of interruptions (downtime) or disasters caused by human errors or disasters (data loss).

Disaster Recovery as a service (DraaS) is a replication system, of physical or virtual servers, used for protecting applications and data from disruption caused by disaster.

Providing an organisation the reliability that allows business continuity in the event of data center failures.

How does it work?

For VMWare Private Cloud Single Tenant users who are in need of a Disaster Recovery solution, our DR solution provides continuously real-time replication of VM’s you choose to protect on the application and data layer with lowest RTOs and RPOs in the industry. Our DR solution makes use of Zerto to setup and orchestrate your DR solution.

Log-in to management portal of a site

With the delivery of your services you received two URL to the management portals. One portal is connect to your main site (A) and the second portal is connect to DR site (B). 

Create a Virtual Protection Group (VPG)

Create a new Virtual Protection Group (VPG) to configure which VM you want to have replicated to the other side. You can replicate from site A to B (log into the management portal of site A) or from site B to A (log into the management portal of site B). You configure a VPG as follows:

Click on 'New VPG' on the top right menu. Enter a name and select VMs you want to protect.

Select the site, resource pool and datastore to replicate to:

Click on 'Advanced Configuration' → 'Retention Policy'. Make sure to disable Long Term Retention as this is currently not supported. 

You have now configure a VPG and you virtual machines are automatically being replicated to the secondary site. In the VPG list you can see that status of the replication and the current RTO.

Test failover

After setting up a protection group and having the VPG continuously synchronising your virtual machine(s) you can perform a test failover. Make sure the button is set "TEST" and click the "Failover" button on the bottom right to start the test.

Select which VPG you want to test.

Select which virtual machine(s) you want to fail over in the test.

Click on "Start failover test' to fail over the selected virtual machines to the second site. A task is started. You can keep track of the status by clicking on the VPG to view the VPG overview page.

Log into the the vCenter of the second site. You should see the selected virtual machine(s) running. The virtual machines names will have the suffix "testing recovery". You can verify if everything is working as expected.

After completing your checks, you can stop the failover test in the Zerto management portal, by clicking on the stop button on the VPG page.

Real failover

For a real failover you perform the same steps as when testing the a failover (see above). However before clicking the failover button, please make sure the switch before the button is set to 'LIVE'

More information?

Please download the Zerto Self Service Portal documentation here.