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Assessing VMware Site Recovery on AWS for Disaster Recovery

Published: 13 March 2018

ID: G00348173

Analyst(s): Lowell Shulman


VMware Site Recovery provides self-service DRaaS, leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS as a failover location. This research helps technical professionals determine whether VMware Site Recovery is the best option for protecting their on-premises VMware-based workloads.

Table Of Contents


  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware Site Recovery
  • Cloud DR Criteria
    • Size/Complexity of Primary IT Infrastructure Support
    • Supported Servers, Hypervisors and Applications
    • Supported RPO/RTO
    • Failover/Failback Orchestration
    • Data Replication Method
    • DR Exercise Capability
    • Manageability
    • Costs
  • VMware Site Recovery Assessment
    • Bottom Line
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Align VMware Site Recovery With Overall DR Strategy, Business Requirements and Cloud Migration Plans
  • Evaluate VMware Cloud on AWS as a Viable Strategic Option for Running Both DR and Non-DR Workloads
  • Determine Whether the Available Regions Are Sensible DR Locations
  • Calculate the VMware Site Recovery Costs
  • Ensure Sufficient VMware Site Recovery Storage Capacity
  • Consider Other VMware-Based Managed Hosting

The Details

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager
  • vSphere Replication
  • Cloud-Based DR Considerations
    • Regional Availability
    • Network Bandwidth and Latency
    • Cloud Infrastructure Platform
    • Operational Implications
    • Cloud Skills
    • Security
    • Cost Model

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