DR in the cloud question

I have a Cisco UCS - 10 blades, 30TB storage, 2TB RAM. VMWare with 50 VMs, Windows server 2008/2012 on most. If I wanted to maintain this environment as primary but have DR in the cloud, what issues must I consider? And which cloud service provider would be able to provide the most cost effective solution to this infrastructure as a Service (I believe) scenario?
amigan_99Network EngineerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, vCloud Air would both be able to provide low cost DR.


1. Cost
2. Middleware to execute the failover
Steven RomanCommented:

I will start off with a few questions as this could be larger then what is realized.

re you looking for DR or Business Continuity?
Do you have to have an SLA,
What is your RTO and RPO

If you just want th basics of DR, For example using vmware SRM or Veeam
vmware cloud, Amazon AWS are two good options but can cost depending on activity.
Otherwise something like Backspace and a VPN tunnel will work

But if you use your Internet connection for DR.  There is no QoS so if it gets slow or knocked out you are outta luck.

You may need Dual internet connections, then this adds in BGP, ARIN etc

So bottom line is DR just by itself is not really a cost effective term, it is a cost for the company to continue operating in th event of a disaster.  Also Cloud Services may be cheap and easy to get started but after the initial year or few years they start to eat at  budget.

I know this is a lot to take in, but DR usually spawns more questions then quick cost effective answers.

Hope this helps.

amigan_99Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
I guess I do use the terms interchangeably - DR and business continuance. Good point. What I'm after is:

The data center gets hit by the BIG ONE and I need to bring up DR and re-point DNS to the recently replicated VMs and their associated storage. Hopefully an RTO of two to four hours to get services back online (I have an external DNS service that propagates updates quickly.)

We use both VMWare SRM and Veeam internally. But our internal DR site is - let's say uh - sub-optimal. :-)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

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Since you’re using Veeam, you could look into subscribing to a Veeam Cloud Connect Provider (You can get a list of them here:  https://www.veeam.com/find-a-veeam-cloud-provider.html ).

Since the Cloud Connect Provider (CCP) also runs Veeam B&R, the integration is pretty tight, and fairly easy to setup.  Add the CCP in your Veeam - it shows as a repository, which can be used as the target for Backup Copy jobs (which copy local Veeam backups to the CCP).

Several of these providers offer a DR service in which they’ll restore your VMs in their infrastructure and host them for a period of time.  Some do this at no additional cost.  Others have a more formal DR offering, but charge for it.

We set this up for a customer (much smaller than your environment), and it’s worked well for them.  I’m not sure how much it would cost to scale to your needs, but I think the provider we used charged about $115/month per TB of space in the repository.  Might not hurt to contact a few providers and discuss it with them.

Hope this helps.
amigan_99Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
All very helpful. Thank you!
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