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About Phoenix disaster recovery as a service

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Phoenix introduces the disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) functionality to extend its converged cloud-based data protection solution for enterprise infrastructure. The Phoenix DRaaS functionality enables you to recover and spin up the already backed up virtual machines in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. In case of disaster, Phoenix DRaaS ensures business continuity without the need for additional dedicated on-premise software, storage or hardware, which in turn ensures a significant reduction in cost and improvement in agility.

The virtual machine can be recovered on-demand in the cloud. Thus system downtime and its resulting impact on productivity are reduced to minutes.

Watch the following video to know more about Phoenix DRaaS solution.


Phoenix DRaaS provides a wide array of benefits to maintain business continuity during unplanned disasters that may disrupt the VMware environment. To ensure proper failover when disaster strikes your environment, Phoenix DRaaS provides an on-demand, cost-effective solution to eliminate the infrastructure burden, and significantly reduce the downtime.

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Phoenix DRaaS provides the following benefits for the VMware environment:

  • Instant recovery of virtual machines: The configured virtual machines are automatically converted to the Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) snapshots called DR copies, and stored in the customer-managed accounts, providing simpler failover setup and recovery within minutes.
  • AWS VPC-based secure failover: Phoenix preconfigures failover settings such as the VPC details, network group, security group, and boot instance type. Spin up occurs in your managed AWS account, ensuring both security and network is fully within your control. EC2 instances are created using the DR copies stored inside the AWS account with an already established security and network group settings. Unlike most DRaaS vendors, Druva does not have any access to the failover environment.
  • Trusted public cloud infrastructure: Phoenix DRaaS is built on the market-leading cloud infrastructure of AWS that facilitates enterprises to achieve global reach and leverages elastic compute to quickly recover from a disaster event or replicate virtual machines for test and development purposes.
  • Global recovery coverage: Phoenix supports disaster recovery in 13 out of 18 regions that AWS provides worldwide with data durability of 99.99999% to safely and securely spin up virtual machines during a disaster.
  • CloudFormation template for the Phoenix AWS proxy deployment: The AWS’s CloudFormation service is leveraged to automate the manual tasks for deploying proxy and creating the required IAM roles and policies.
  • Failover automation: The key tasks performed during failover are automated by providing additional target instance properties, network pre-configurations, virtual machine boot-ordering, and scripting for custom recovery workflows.
  • Failback automation: The leveraged DR capabilities to failback an EC2 instance and recover the virtual machine back in the vCenter environment in a few hours after it has been recovered to the AWS account during failover.