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Comparing Three Approaches to AWS-Based Disaster Recovery

Published: 17 March 2017

ID: G00321174

Analyst(s): Lowell Shulman


Many organizations investigate using IaaS public clouds as DR locations rather than building or using an existing secondary data center. Technical professionals focused on BCM/DR must choose the appropriate deployment approach when using Amazon Web Services for disaster recovery.

Table Of Contents


  • Disaster Recovery Overview


  • Background
    • Secondary Data Center Location
    • IT Infrastructure for Service Recovery
    • Data Replication Method
    • DR Failover Procedures
    • Assessment Criteria
    • Size/Complexity of Primary IT Infrastructure Support
    • Supported RPO/RTO
    • Failover/Failback Orchestration
    • Hypervisor and Physical Server Support
    • Data Replication Method
    • DR Exercises
    • Manageability
    • Cost
    • AWS DR Deployment Approaches Comparison
  • Approach No. 1: Self-Managed AWS DR Supplemented With Backup/Data Replication Tools (Self-Managed With Data Replication)
    • DR Infrastructure
    • Data Replication
    • DR Orchestration
    • Self-Managed With Data Replication Assessment Details
    • Bottom Line
  • Approach No. 2: Self-Managed AWS DR With Third-Party DR Orchestration Tools (Self-Managed With Third-Party DR Orchestration)
    • DR Infrastructure
    • Data Replication
    • DR Orchestration
    • Self-Managed With Third-Party DR Orchestration Assessment Details
    • Bottom Line
  • Approach No. 3: AWS DR With Vendor-Managed Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS With AWS)
    • DR Infrastructure
    • Data Replication
    • DR Orchestration
    • Vendor-Managed With DRaaS Assessment Details
    • Bottom Line


  • Cloud-Based DR Considerations
    • AWS Regional Availability
    • Network Bandwidth and Latency
    • VM Image Conversion
    • Operational Implications
    • AWS Skills
    • Security
    • Cost Model
    • Vendor Lock-In
  • Questions to Ask
  • Choosing the Right Approach

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