by Adam Armstrong

Datrium Offers DRaaS With VMware Cloud on AWS

Today Datrium introduced Datrium its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. The company states that its new DRaaS is the first to offer enterprise-class on-demand disaster recovery from S3 backups. The new DRaaS is built on the company’s workload orchestrator, ControlShift. Datrium claims its new DRaaS can provide fast failback, granularly recovering thousands of VMs after a sudden disaster or a rolling disaster such as a ransomware attack, while benefiting from reduced administrative time and complexity.

While disaster recovery is a must in most enterprises, the growth of data is making true DR incredibly difficult. Noting this, Datrium is releasing its DRaaS to give customers what it is calling, one-click failover and failback between their on-premises data center and an on-demand SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS. Datrium also claims up to 10x savings with data-reduced VM snapshots on S3 as well as on-demand provisioning of the data center in the cloud. The DRaaS runs on the Datrium Automatrix data platform and has built-in support for VMware both on-prem and in the cloud. Datrium also states that customers will be able to operate both their cloud DR site and primary site with vSphere and retain access to familiar abstractions and management tools.

Benefits of DR with Datrium DRaaS

  • Highly cost-optimized, more than 10x more efficient DR: Datrium DRaaS enables failover to an on-demand SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS using Datrium ControlShift, while storing forever incremental, native backups in AWS S3. Enterprises can now pay for SDDC only when they are needed, while their data remains ready to use on low-cost AWS S3 in globally deduplicated, compressed form. Failback incurs only minimal AWS egress charges after global deduplication. 
  • Consistent management both on-premises and in the cloud: Datrium DRaaS maintains VMs in their native vSphere format and eliminates the need for brittle and time consuming VM disk formation conversions. User can run both their cloud DR site and primary site with vSphere and retain access to familiar abstractions such as clusters, resource pools, datastores, virtual switches, and port groups following a failover.
  • Eliminates the headaches as enterprises scale: Datrium DRaaS offers a 30-minute Recovery Compliance Objective (RCO) with autonomous compliance checks and just-in-time creation of VMware SDDCs. The service also delivers a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) from 5 minutes to multiple years, supporting primary and backup data simultaneously.
  • Single-click resilience: Non-disruptive, automated DR testing helps ensure peace of mind and business continuity. Automated reporting makes DR audits easy and fast. All data functions across primary, backup, and DR are managed through a single interface including AWS S3 and VMware Cloud on AWS. All billing and support is provided by a single vendor, Datrium.
  • Simple recovery from current snapshots or old backup data: Datrium DRaaS enables simple recovery from recent snapshots or backups from months or years ago. Converged backup and DR provide millions of point-in-time consistent recovery points to choose from. This can be critical in the event of ransomware events, which often only become apparent months after the initial attack.
  • Cost-effective failback from the public cloud: Datrium’s Automatrix always-on data efficiency including global deduplication and forever incremental backups to S3 ensures that only changed data is sent back from the cloud for minimum egress charges. When compared to most cloud backup products today that must restore 100% rehydrated data, Datrium DRaaS can cost 90% less than alternatives. Like failover, Datrium DRaaS failback is fully automated to minimize human errors and administrator wait time.
  • Purely software-defined DRaaS on hyperscale public clouds for the least deployment risk long term. Traditional DRaaS required custom, private datacenters, such as SunGard and iLand, which entail very capital intensive business models with significant financial risk. Public clouds at the scale of AWS have significantly less of this risk, and there are highly scaled alternatives now as well, with lots of data centers worldwide. Organizing those facilities using a purely software-defined model such as Datrium DRaaS is the safest approach for IT long term.


Datrium DRaaS currently supports recovery to AWS regions including Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (London) and the East and West United States.


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