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Which third-party products can you use for VMware disaster recovery?

Native VMware disaster recovery might not make sense for every company. Which third-party products can help fill feature gaps?

There are many third-party products that support VMware disaster recovery preparation and recovery in vSphere environments. While there are too many to list, let's consider four competitive third-party products.

VMware disaster recovery tools aren't all alike

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 employs Veeam Backup and Replication and Veeam ONE to provide backup, restoration, replication, monitoring and reporting for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Replication takes place to secondary sites, or even cloud providers. Veeam touts recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of less than 15 minutes using a variety of tools, such as SQL Server, SharePoint, Instant VM Recovery, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and so on. Storage-centric products include WAN acceleration, Dell EMC Data Domain Boost and Hewlett Packard Enterprise StoreOnce Catalyst integration. Veeam supports automated backup and disaster recovery testing, as well as comprehensive monitoring and alerting to ease the effect of any changes on the DR environment.

Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 automates a DR implementation and allows administrators to manage and test the organization's DR posture. Zerto versions are available for VMware and Hyper-V, and Zerto can convert VMware VMs to Hyper-V and back, allowing for more convenient replication between dissimilar virtualized environments. Organizations can also tackle one-to-many replication to local, remote or cloud resources, including Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and others. Rollback capabilities allow administrators to recover VM states from previous points in time, yet achieve RTOs of minutes and RPOs in seconds. Comprehensive testing and reporting allow recovery verification in accordance with compliance policies or requirements.

As another example, Quest Software's vRanger touts high-performance agentless backup and recovery for physical Windows Server environments, as well as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. VRanger locates and restores files inside virtual and physical backups for selective restoration, and it replicates important VMware VMs for off-site DR planning.

Finally, products like Druva Phoenix leverage public cloud providers like AWS directly in order to store agentless snapshots of VMs. The idea is to take advantage of AWS' global data center presence and readily available redundancy features to provide a resilient DR platform for any enterprise that doesn't want to create and maintain multiple corporate data centers. You can then employ Druva snapshots for recovery or cloning, or be redeploy them to AWS as Elastic Compute Cloud Amazon Machine Images to provide a failover target. Druva snapshots use change block tracking for granular continuous data protection, with very low RPOs and minimal impact on the production systems and networks.

This list is certainly not complete, but it offers a small sample of third-party products and services that facilitate VMware disaster recovery. IT leaders should fully investigate the range of offerings available, test potential candidates extensively and select a product or service that meets the DR goals and budgets of the organization.

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