VMware introduces vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is the VMware’s owned and operated public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform, launched in 2013 in the US and extended to Europe in February 2014.

Today Bill Fathers (Senior VP & General Manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Businss Unit at VMware)  published, simultaneously to the official press release, a post on the VMware Company Blog announcing a new disaster recovery solution called (unsurprisingly) VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery.

Intended for mid-size companies the service promises a seamless integration with vSphere-based infrastructures and the ability to self-manage the replicas of the Virtual Machines between on-premise infrastructures and vCHS Data Centers, starting from a price if $835/month including 1TB of storage and standby cloud capacity.

The service will support any infrastructure running VMware vSphere 5.1 and above offering the following features (that you can find in the service data sheet):

  • Self-Service disaster recovery Protection for up ti 500 virtual machine per subscription using vSphere Replication directly inside vCenter Server
  • Custom Recovery Point Objectives, also configured in vSphere Replication start from 15 minutes to 24 hours.
  • Industry-Standard Recovery Time Objectives: an RTO of 4 hours is guaranteed, any virtual machine recovered within vCHS can be powered on and remotely accessed.
  • Automated Failover Testing, Planned Migrations and Recovery, with built-in automated workflows to perform failover tests, planned migrations and live recovery per virtual machine.
  • Elastic Cloud Compute and Storage allows the right-sizing of disaster recovery environments also supporting short-term failover and recovery requirements.
  • Offline Data Seeding using vCloud Connector Offline Data Transfer to move large data amounts.
  • Private Leased Line Networks using vCHS – Direct Connect customers can choose to use reserved networks lines to connect with vCHS Data Centers.
  • Flexible Failover Testing with pre-built failover scenarios.