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Veeamazing DRaaS: How Virtualization Maximizes Uptime

Nov 5, 2019, 19:57 PM by Alex Simons

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What’s your favorite combination?

Rick and Morty?

Gin and Tonic?

Server Virtualization and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS)?

It’s probably not the latter – but the introduction of virtualized networking has redefined disaster recovery capabilities through the software-defined data center (SDDC). Image-based snapshots replicated with the appropriate virtual resources can immediately re-spin an on-prem environment within minutes. The cloud is the new normal for off-site data protection and virtualized DRaaS solutions have simplified business continuity planning by extending DR through a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).

VM-centric DRaaS solutions present an efficient alternative to traditional disaster recovery systems. The flexible architecture of cloud-native DRaaS solutions will bypass the complex requirements associated with developing remote infrastructure or maintaining a VPN connection. Managed DRaaS deployments reduce these challenges by allocating resources on-demand from an existing cloud environment purpose-built for disaster recovery.

Exponential data growth, digital transformation, and an evolving cybersecurity landscape have also complicated information governance and disaster recovery planning. Let’s take a look at how DRaaS can alleviate these obstacles by embracing virtualization, optimizing cloud workloads, and modernizing data protection through the SDDC.

Rapid DRaaS Adoption Takes Flight

MarketsandMarkets estimates the global DRaaS market size as $2.19 billion in 2017 and expects it to grow to over $12.54 billion by 2020 [1]. The ascending demand curve is heavily fueled by increased digital threats to business continuity, tighter recovery windows for critical applications, and increased confidence in the CSP delivery model. A recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group cites the following data protection challenges driving DRaaS adoption [2]:

Top Data Protection Challenges Bar Graph 

Source: Enterprise Strategy Group

While the DRaaS marketplace continues to mature alongside virtualization and cloud migration – the market segment still resides in the introductory stage of the product (or solution) lifecycle. The competitive landscape is heavily fragmented and the cloud spectrum ranges everywhere from local MSPs to hyperscaled Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Not every approach to DRaaS is created equal and an in-depth understanding of the solution requirements will lead to better results.

The hyperscaled public cloud providers leverage the lowest up storage prices as the cheapest pathway to market. But the general purpose cloud storage repositories struggle with warm standby and hot failover. This complicates the provisioning process and leads to a much higher total cost of ownership (TCO).

A growing percentage of the Managed Service Provider marketplace is extending disaster recovery operations through a purpose-built CSP environment dedicated to high-uptime DRaaS solutions. This lowers the barrier to entry by integrating cloud backup and disaster recovery into a multi-cloud partnership strategy. A 2019 survey from Smarter with Gartner suggests that over 81% of public cloud users are leveraging two or more CSP networks within their IT architecture [3]. These usage patterns are driven by the variation and specialization of cloud providers within the data protection marketplace. This multi-cloud approach presents enhanced levels of solution customization by allocating resources from the best-fit cloud environment pre-determined by the individual requirements of each application.

The Rise of VMs and the Challenges Protecting Them

Protecting virtualized environments is becoming increasingly more complicated as the volume of data and virtual machines continues to rise. The distribution corporate data sources scattered across hybrid landscapes also presents new data management challenges to centralize VMs and unify security procedures across physical servers, SaaS applications, and edge devises. Legacy disaster recovery systems designed for physical hosts struggle to keep pace with the enterprise data sprawl or digital transformation. Another recent survey from Enterprise Strategy Group suggests that only 18% of survey respondents are “Very Confident” in their current solution’s ability to protect VMs:

Challenges Protecting VMs

Source: Enterprise Strategy Group

DRaaS enables organization to increase confidence levels by replicating image-level VM snapshots to the cloud for immediate or near-immediate failover. Depending on the custom settings from the DRaaS provider – virtualized applications can be up and running within minutes following an on-prem outage. Key features of VM-centric DRaaS solutions include:

  • Efficient VM Backup: Virtualized DRaaS solutions can quickly secure snapshots from storage arrays and automate network configuration without performance overhead.
  • Automatic VM Failover: Streamline operations with automated failover and failback for virtual machines while also simplifying on-going maintenance and non-disruptive testing.
  • Simplified Deployment and Management: Multi-hypervisor integration, auto-discovery, and easy scaling simplifies installation and maintenance without any additional on-site hardware.
  • Workload Mobility: Virtual machines can be configured for disaster recovery operations with immediate failover and replication as needed for testing and development purposes.
  • Customizable Retention Policies: Auto-tiering ensures VMs are always stored efficiently for long-term archival to address regulatory mandates.
  • Accelerated Time-to-Production: Remove the need for a secondary DR site and implement a comprehensive managed DRaaS solution in hours not days.

Nobody should be surprised that server virtualization has revolutionized data protection and IT availability. The simplified approach to virtualized networking alleviates the capital hardware costs and operational expenditures associated with developing a high-uptime availability strategy.

Veeam: The Market Leader in Virtualized Disaster Recovery

With more than 355,000 customers worldwide and 82% of the Fortune 500, Veeam is the clear market lead in disaster recovery replication software. The Veeam Availability Suite is the most complete platform to virtualize data protection capabilities and maximize uptime.

Veeam Cloud Connect deployed through an accredited Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP) will simplify off-site backup operations without the cost or complexity of developing a secondary site for replication. Veeam-powered solutions enable a wide range of data loss prevention capabilities by extending disaster recovery operations through the hybrid cloud. Several benefits of partnering with a trusted VCSP include:

  • Hosted Cloud Backups: Move your physical, VM, and SaaS backups off-site to a hosted cloud repository through a secure SSL connection.
  • 3-2-1 Backup Policies: Address any recovery scenario by maintaining three copies of your data, stored on two types of media, with one copy off-site through a redundant VCSP environment.
  • Complete Visibility and Control: Access, organize, and recover data in managed backup repositories directly from a single pane-of-glass.
  • Easy DR Setup and Testing: Ensure confidence by verifying the recoverability of your disaster recovery strategy through a simple testing environment.
  • Multi-Tenancy: Cloud gateways simplify complex environments with the ability to segment cloud workloads to enhance resource management.
  • Simplified Networking: VCSPs offer automated network configuration to eliminate the headaches associated with developing a disaster recovery solution in-house.

The popularity Veeam Cloud Connect and Replication have skyrocketed within the mid-market and enterprise data center marketplace. VCSPs provide the backend services and staffing required to deliver DRaaS as a seamless functional cloud solution.

KeepItSafe: A Platinum Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP)

KeepItSafe DRaaS customers have a zero-tolerance policy for downtime. The combination of Veeam’s industry-leading backup software and KeepItSafe’s purpose-built network of backup facilities enable end-to-end solution to quickly resume business operations following an outage. KeepItSafe’s Veeam-powered DRaaS solutions leverage on-prem virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V, and Nutanix) to enable VMs to be backed up, replicated, and started in the cloud in the midst of a disaster:

How It Works Diagram

Most DRaaS providers don’t have the appropriate level of staffing or expertise required to deliver DRaaS as a turnkey service. The KeepItSafe’s DRaaS solution design is driven by a global team of recovery professional – including two Veeam Vanguards – the highest level of Veeam technical expertise.

Once configured, KeepItSafe DRaaS can protect critical Tier-1 workloads to meet the tightest RTOs in the most efficient manner possible. Initiation of cloud resources can start with single click orchestration and every backup and be verified for recovery. Key benefits of our Veeam-powered DRaaS delivery model include:

  • Global Platinum Veeam Partner: KeepItSafe has been certified with the Platinum Veeam Cloud Service Provider designation – the industry standard for Veeam technical expertise and implementation.
  • Award-Winning Portal for Office 365: Nominated by Veeam customers, partners, and the Veeam worldwide ecosystem, KeepItSafe delivers a 2019 Veeam Innovation Award-winning cloud-to-cloud backup solution to protect Office 365 workloads.
  • Aggressive Recovery Times: Our Veeam solutions offer an aggressive range of failover capabilities to meet pre-determined RTOs based on each application’s total cost of downtime.
  • Customizable Veeam Architecture: Leverage custom-fit modern backup technology, including backup copy jobs with built-in WAN acceleration, incremental forever backups, and GFS (grandfather-father-son) retention policies.
  • DR Planning and Consultation: KeepItSafe engineers offer continuity consultations for Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing to ensure that your DRaaS solution is properly customized to suit the unique recovery requirements of your environment in the most cost-effective manner possible.
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): IaaS deployments for disaster recovery provide your organization to run production workloads seamlessly from the cloud. The cloud infrastructure for DRaaS solution is Uptime Institute Certified with the industry’s most reliable hardware.

We invite you to take a moment to assess our platinum-class Veeam Availability services by downloading our KeepItSafe DRaaS technical brief or scheduling a managed Veeam solution consultation with a KeepItSafe recovery expert today.

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