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Software-Defined Data Center Disaster Recovery Made Easy with Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

Direak Tan
Oracle Cloud VMware Solution Program Management

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Meet the Easy Button for Your Disaster Recovery Needs

If you have a substantial VMware investment in your on-premises data center, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is your ticket to the benefits and automation of public cloud, without sacrificing administrative control, or deviating from existing operational framework. A key capability made possible by Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is disaster recovery for your VMware-based software-defined data center (SDDC).

In the Learn About Protecting your VMware SDDC in the Cloud Against Disasters solution playbook, you learn how to implement disaster recovery by using Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with defined Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) values.

Disaster recovery allows you to recover from major service disruptions in a timely manner, maintaining continuity for mission-critical applications and services. Other benefits for having a disaster recovery setup include backup, restore, and a failover option when replatforming. By building disaster recovery in the Oracle Cloud, you can realize significant cost savings over traditional data center or collocated options.

To effectively implement disaster recovery, VMware SRM and vSphere Replication appliance must be able to communicate with the vCenter Server by using the default fully qualified domain name (FQDN). The solution playbook describes how you can create a name server by using custom DNS to achieve DNS name resolution when deploying SRM and vSphere Replication in Oracle Cloud VMware Solution—a cornerstone for successful disaster recovery setup.

A graphic depicting a disaster recovery use case.

The article goes on to describe the following deployment models for disaster recovery:

  • Disaster recovery from on-premises data center to Oracle Cloud VMware Solution

  • Disaster recovery between Oracle Cloud VMware Solution sites in a single cloud region

  • Disaster recovery between Oracle Cloud VMware Solution sites across different regions

For each model, the authors carefully provide details for consideration, including key assumptions and prerequisites. Then, step by step, you’re guided through how to configure the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution recovery site with instructions for network disposition, security and access control, and with specific DNS consideration. For clarity, an architecture diagram also accompanies each deployment model.

All three deployment models share a common mode of implementation for VMware Site Recovery Manager on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. VMware SRM is the component that carries out the automatic synchronization of data between primary and recovery (backup) sites. The solution playbook outlines the steps for the following processes:

  • Deploy vSphere Replication Application to both primary and recovery sites.

  • Install and configure SRM at both sites.

  • Configure site recovery and disaster recovery.

Finally, it’s important for readers to understand how to use the system to recover from a crippling system failure. Validation of your recovery plan is a key element of the practice. Here, the article shows you how to run step-wise test of the recovery plan using the Site Recovery Manager UI. When disaster strikes, you can fail over to the recovery site, reprotect using the original primary site as a backup, and then fail back to return all sites to their normal, functional status.

Are You Ready to Protect Yourself from Disaster?

A disaster recovery solution for your organization’s workloads is an indispensable part of operational continuity. The Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enables you to set up an effective disaster recovery implementation. This solution playbook article shows you how to do it with ease.

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