During VMworld next week in Las Vegas, we will be revealing our upcoming VMware SRM 5-based solution, Cloud Replication. Cloud Replication will be the first SRM 5 replication solution offered by a hosting services provider for continuous offsite application availability and disaster protection. The data replication service meets the needs of customers seeking a solution for offsite disaster recovery, while providing cost-effective business continuity and application recovery.
Whether replicating applications from your internal data center to Hosting.com or replicating from Hosting.com data center to another, VMware and Hosting.com have engineered a winning combination to preserve your mission-critical application’s availability.
Cloud Replication protects organizations from data loss resulting from clinical disasters, such as a server failure or human error, and catastrophic disasters that can bring a company to a complete standstill. Hosting.com enables automated virtual machine replication of your virtualized environments from on-premise or from a Hosting.com datacenter to a Hosting.com datacenter recovery site. You can easily customize their replication and recovery settings in the Hosting.com Customer Portal by selecting individual virtual machines and the target Hosting.com recovery datacenter.
This marks a significant leap forward for our customers who need to protect on-premise virtual environments with reduced infrastructure investment and increased functionality. Cloud Replication provides you with self-service functionality via the Customer Portal and an automated recovery solution that continues to utilize your existing infrastructure. Better yet, you can control cost and exposure to disaster by individually selecting what level of protection (RPO) best serves your organization.
Cloud Replication delivers unprecedented control and flexibility to IT managers responsible for critical systems recovery at the time of a declared disaster. Administrators manage the failover and failback using the Customer Portal – a centralized location for disaster management.
How it Works
Your site and the Hosting.com recovery site stay in sync through reliable data replication as facilitated by VMware’s Site Recovery Manager. Using SRM, the virtual servers are continuously protected using RPO specific replication to the Hosting.com recovery site so that the VMs system state is identical at both sites. During a recovery, SRM shuts down the VMs at the primary site in precise order based on your priority selections and the corresponding VMs are brought online at the Hosting.com site in the same priority order.
The recovery Hosting.com environment provides you with a secure and remote copy of your data and applications, and in the event of a clinical or catastrophic disaster, the ability to bring systems back online in less than 1 hour.
Cloud Replication allows you to perform simulated non-disruptive and non-load bearing recoveries to your production environment as well as delivering graphical insight into the health of both the production environment and the recovery environment. When your server environment changes, you can easily make adjustments in the Customer Portal and re-validate your recovery plan without affecting the remaining production servers.
Hosting.com presented a preview of the Cloud Replication solution during a webinar on August 24, 2011 titled, Maximizing VMware SRM and the Hosting.com Cloud. The webinar discussed enabling a cost-effective DR plan by combining the automation and cloud management capabilities provided through VMware with the inherent availability and redundancy offered through the Hosting.com cloud. Access the rebroadcast at: http://www.hosting.com/company/events/cloud-replication-webinar.