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Datrium Focuses Cloud Disaster Recovery Service on AWS S3 Backups

The cloud disaster recovery offering provides a one-stop solution for failover between an organization’s on-premises data center and a cloud-based data center on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Multicloud vendor Datrium has introduced a cloud disaster recovery solution specifically for AWS S3 backups. The Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand, software-based service that provides fully automated failover to VMware Cloud on AWS based on snapshots held in AWS S3, according to the company.

The offering, built on Datrium’s ControlShift workload orchestrator, is designed to provide a sort of one-stop solution for failover and failback between an organization’s on-premises data center and a cloud-based data center on VMware Cloud on AWS. It runs on the multicloud Datrium Automatrix data platform, the company’s flagship solution that converges primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption and data mobility capabilities.

According to Datrium, the new service provides a 30-minute recovery compliance objective (RCO) with autonomous compliance checks and just-in-time creation of VMware software-defined data centers (SDDC). It also delivers a recovery point objective (RPO) from 5 minutes to multiple years, supporting primary and backup data simultaneously.

The most interesting part of the cloud disaster recovery solution is the combination of delta transfer technology and global deduplication, which is great for RPO, and the integration with S3 and AWS, said Christophe Bertrand, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

“The vSphere integration and the workflow automation in ControlShift complete the picture to allow end users to restart without rehydration—a great advantage for RTO,” he said. “With less storage (one data copy only) needed and less compute required, the economics can become attractive very quickly.”

The company claims that data-reduced VM snapshots on S3 and on-demand provisioning of the data center in the cloud provide a tenfold economic savings. That’s because organizations can pay for SDDC use only when required, while data remains on lower cost AWS S3 in globally deduplicated, compressed form. And because only changed data sets are sent back to the cloud, enterprises don’t have to restore as much data. Datrium claims that its offering can cost 90 percent less than other DRaaS products.

Of course, the main goal of any DRaaS solution is helping organizations recover after a disaster.

“The ability to go back to a ‘good’ point in time copy of the data is very key here, and once the attack has been abated, time is of the essence to recover or failover to resume business,” Bertrand explained. “With options that cover mass restart of granular file recoveries, this is a great platform to get back on your feet. Datrium has an opportunity to provide further capabilities around this in the future through automation, since they have the components to do so—an automated cyber sandbox, for example.”

This sort of solution comes at a good time, Bertrand said. Organizations see cloud as having a positive impact on their data protection strategies in general, and backup data is increasingly shifting to cloud, he said. In addition, organizations tend to see cloud-based VMs as more resilient than those on-premises.

“Datrium is hitting the market with an enterprise-class offering that focuses on the top mandates of IT, and their top challenges in data protection: delivering on increasingly stringent RPO and RTOs,” he said.

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