DR and Amazon EC2

Is anyone doing this? So to have a DR ready on Amazon, we would need to purchase dup licenses of everything? (windows, backup software etc, exchange).

I was curious if it is smart to setup DR here and if costs are better or the same with a co lo.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Our clients are using Cloud Switch to move/copy virtual machines to Amazon EC2 for DR purposes.

http://www.cloudswitch.com/

Amazon EC2 is less expensive than Co Lo, because you only pay for what you use. So you only pay Amazon, when you enact a DR situation, with Co Lo, you are paying from the moment, you host your DR servers at the facility.

As for Microsoft License, it depends on what licensing you have in place. If you have Software Assurance, you may be able to use existing licensing at the DR site, but if you have OEM software license you cannot transfer these to a DR site.

Some organisations, have made interprtations, that because you are not using both licenses, this is okay. I would contact Microsoft Licensing to check on your situation.
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shankshankAuthor Commented:
Is cloudswitch expensive?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Cloudswitch is a free trial, Amazon EC2 is more expensive!
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shankshankAuthor Commented:
oh so cloudswitch is it's own provider.. got it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No Cloudswitch provide, easy software to move to the Cloud. (or you could use Amazon's for free)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Checkout this url

http://www.cloudswitch.com/section/getting-started-in-the-cloud

and see what Cloudswitch does for you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As for costs, you would need to approach them, because it depends on your size.
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