You configure the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service to replicate and orchestrate the recovery of workloads running on a VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

Cloud File System

A cloud file system provides storage capacity in the cloud for storing virtual machine snapshots that are replicated from the protected site. A cloud file system and recovery SDDC must be in the same availability zone inside a single AWS region.

Table 1. Design Decisions on Cloud File System for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CBR-VCDR-CFG-001

Deploy a cloud file system in the same availability zone inside one AWS region as the recovery SDDC.

Cloud file systems and recovery SDDCs must be in the same availability zone inside one AWS region.

None.

Protected Site

A protected site encompasses vCenter Servers, protection groups, and recovery plans. When you create the protected site, you deploy a minimum of two DRaaS Connector appliances into your vSphere environment for availability.

After you set up a protected site, you create protection groups to replicate snapshots to a cloud file system. You can then use available snapshots from the cloud file system to recover protected VMs into your recovery SDDC using recovery plans.

Table 2. Design Decisions on Protected Site for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CBR-VCDR-CFG-002

Create a protected site for your VMware Cloud Foundation instance using a public internet connection.

Defines the VMware Cloud Foundation instance where business workloads will be protected.

None.

CBR-VCDR-CFG-003

Associate the DRaaS Connector appliances with the protected site.

Provides secure communication over the internet between the on-premises vCenter Server and the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service.

Deploy the DRaaS Connector appliances manually into your VMware Cloud Foundation management domain vCenter Server.

CBR-VCDR-CFG-004

Register the VI workload domain vCenter Server with the protected site in the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service.

Connects the on-premises vCenter Server of the VI workload domain with the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service to enable protection of business workloads.

Requires at least one DRaaS Connector appliance deployed within the on-premises vCenter Server.

Recovery SDDC

The VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service uses a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC as the recovery target. When configuring the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service, you attach a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to provide compute, storage and networking resources for the recovery of business workloads.

Table 3. Design Decisions on Recovery SDDC for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CBR-VCDR-CFG-005

Attach the pilot light VMware Cloud on AWS recovery SDDC to the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service.

Provides a target SDDC for virtual machine recovery.

None.

Email Alerts

You can configure the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service to send an email alert when SLA statuses change and when a recovery plan finishes running. Email addresses added here also receive emails for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery system alerts.

To send an email to users when a recovery plan finishes running, you first must add their email addresses in the alerts page of a recovery plan.

Table 4. Design Decisions on Email Alerts for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CBR-VCDR-CFG-006

Configure the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery service to send SLA status alerts.

Ensures that if any SLA status alerts are triggered, they are communicated to support representatives.

VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery uses the AWS mail service. Recipients must respond to the AWS email address verification request before receiving an email from VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery.