ControlShift Series – Seamless Orchestrated VM Failback from DR Site

This is my 3rd post on this Datrium native DR series, and this time around, I demo the unique DR Failback of VMware VMs between sites and vCenters. Many solutions provide orchestrated failover, but Failback is the tough part and where most fail. See for yourself how Datrium handles it beautifully!

Before you go ahead, I recommend watching the two initial videos to set context for this demo. However, if you already watched them, just go ahead and play “Instant DR Failback with ControlShift“.

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So far I demonstrated ControlShift capabilities to orchestrate DR between Datrium DVX on-prem sites. In next the videos I will demonstrate and discuss the integration with VMware Cloud on AWS and how to use it as a DR target.

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

From Zero to Instant Orchestrated DR in 6 seconds. Live!

Hello! This is my 2nd post on Datrium native DR capabilities. This time around I discuss the initial DR plan, configuration, the failover, and the failback of VMware VMs between sites and vCenters.

Before you go ahead I recommend watching the short videos on my post How Datrium ControlShift and CloudDVX are Deployed and Operated on AWS – Part 1 to understand how ControlShift is setup initially.

[Update] The 3rd post “ControlShift Series – Seamless Orchestrated VM Failback from DR Site” is already available.

If you are not interested on setup just keep reading.

The video below demonstrates how you can use ControlShift to create, test, and execute seamless orchestrated Disaster Recovery for all your VMware environments.

The video is 10 min, and this is all it took me to create, test, and failover a VM to my secondary site. The plan execution itself took only 6 seconds (RTO).

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In my next post I will explain how to get the live VM on the DR site replicate back to the primary site without re-seeding the entire dataset and execute the Fail-back plan.

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

How Datrium ControlShift and CloudDVX are Deployed and Operated on AWS – Part 1

As you may know the Automatrix platform include Primary Storage + Backup + Disaster Recovery + Encryption + Data Mobility in a single end-to-end solution.

In this blog series we will take a look at how simple it is the deploy and operate ControlShift and CloudDVX, creating Protection Groups and Disaster Recovery plans.

[Update] Posts 2 and 3 are already available.

AWS Access Keys

First we need to generate a AWS access key to enable Datrium DVX to operate in your AWS account. This article explain step-by-step how to create a new secret access key. Where’s My Secret Access Key?

The next step is to register the DVX system with your AWS account and select the preferred AWS Region for the deployment. At this point you will be asked for the AWS secret access key.

The entire process will take only a couple of minutes and your DVX system is now connected to the cloud, but no Datrium services are yet deployed. Today there are two services available to deploy as part of the Automatrix framework:

Cloud DVX

Tis the long-term Cloud archiving repository that is capable of storing snapshots and backups of up to ten DVX systems. All data is fully de-duplicated across all systems, and in fact, only unique data is uploaded to Cloud DVX.

ControlShift

This is another element of the Automatrix platform, offered as a SaaS model, it delivers full run-book DR orchestration with failover and fail-back for site-to-site and site-to-cloud.

The services are independent of each other, but may also work together.

VIDEO – How to Deploy ControlShift

Next step is to deploy Cloud DVX and have a quick look at ControlShift UI. CloudDVX can be used to failover environment from long-term archiving to your DR datacenter, or simply act as your organisations backup.

VIDEO – How to Deploy CloudDVX

The last bit of the video briefly goes over the ControlShift UI, and that’s the topic of the next blog post. We will dive into the world of creating Protection Groups and Disaster Recovery Plans – and of course testing and executing them.

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net

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