Organizations in every vertical have come to rely on virtualized infrastructure to address data growth, performance, overhead costs, and automation. Businesses have benefited from virtualization tools like VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix, and others, enabling them to increase efficiency by allowing businesses to scale their resources on demand, giving infrastructures flexibility to meet companies’ ever-changing needs. Unfortunately, protecting these virtual environments is still too often addressed with complex, on-premise, secondary storage models that come with heavy administrative overhead and infrastructure costs. These solutions run contrary to the basic premise of hypervisors — they are inefficient, inflexible, and scale poorly.
Understanding how these environments can take advantage of data protection and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is key to ensuring both infrastructure resiliency and long-term data retention. As with so many other industries, the cloud offers a way to break free from these limitations and fully embrace the hypervisor model, giving you an elegant solution to business continuity and information governance. Below are some essential tips for businesses looking to take their hypervisor environment to the next level by adopting a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution.
- Adopt Pay-as-you-go Pricing for DR
With DRaaS you pay only for what you actually use, with a pure software as a service (SaaS) consumption-based pricing model. Customers can start small and grow with the public cloud without getting tied down to additional backup appliances or over-provisioned capacity. With no additional hardware needed and an OpEX cost model (vs. CapEX), a DRaaS solution allows enterprises to dramatically improve total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Enable Immediate VM Recovery and Workload Mobility
With dynamic solutions like a cloud-native data management approach that allows full VM replication to an AWS environment, teams are able to achieve fast response times in the case of failover for disaster recovery with near-zero recovery time objective (RTO), allowing IT teams to spin up VMs directly in the cloud to get back up and running immediately. When replicating hypervisor workloads, consider leveraging multiple and different storage regions for even greater protection and redundancy.
- Simplify Management Workflows
Coordinate and monitor all your server backup and DR policies, globally, from a single platform that brings together on-premises and cloud environment controls, removing the burden of complex storage, compute, or networking management. In addition, by implementing auto-tiering you can ensure that hypervisor workloads are always stored cost efficiently for long-term archival to address your retention policy requirements without the need for VM spring cleaning.
- Move to a 100% SaaS deployment
True cloud-native SaaS solutions for hypervisor environments offer everything you would expect from the public cloud: superior SLAs, predictable ongoing costs, global scale, and continuing innovation. This can be a stark contrast to solutions that call themselves “cloud” and simply can’t deliver on these promises.
The Big Takeaway
The cloud supports hypervisor backup, archival, and disaster recovery capabilities within a globally scalable, pay-as-you-go pricing model that provides security and compliance. With a cloud-deployment model, reductions in new hardware, software, and administrative time improve business agility and radically lower overall TCO.
Learn more by accessing this report: 8 Essential Practices for Hypervisor Backup