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Disaster recovery concepts

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This topic lists the AWS-specific concepts that Phoenix DRaaS leverages.

Amazon Web Services Account

An Amazon Web Services (AWS) account allows you to establish a formal relationship with AWS. With the AWS account, you can access the AWS account resources and Web services to the fullest. When you sign up for AWS, the AWS account is automatically signed up for all services in AWS. You are charged only for the services that you use.

Amazon Machine Image

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is an encrypted machine image stored in the Amazon Storage, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service. For more information, see Amazon Machine Image.

IAM Policy

IAM Policy is a document that allows you to define permissions for users, groups, roles, and resources. For more information about how to create an IAM Policy, see Create IAM Policy.

IAM Role

An IAM Role is an AWS identity that provides access capabilities to the AWS users. The role is used to delegate access to users to use AWS resources. The IAM Role ensures that the Phoenix AWS Proxy has sufficient privileges to import data from the Druva account to the account and create an AMI. For more information about how to create an IAM Role, see Create IAM Role.

Instance Type

The instance type determines the hardware of the machine that you use for your instance. A wide array of instance types provide various combinations of CPU, memory, storage, and network capacity for different needs of the application that you plan to run the instance on. For more information, see Manage failover settings.

Recovery Point Objective

Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the point in time in the past to which you can recover data when a disaster occurs. In other words, RPO defines the amount of data the organization can afford to lose during a disaster.

For example, the organization has an RPO of 24 hours, and the backup is scheduled daily at 8 PM. If a disaster occurs at 7.59 PM, you can recover data that was backed up on the previous day at 8 PM. However, you lose the data generated after the last backup.

Recovery Time Objective

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the amount of time you set for your application to recover from the point-in-time the disaster occurs. In other words, RTO defines the maximum tolerable outage. The application must be restored within its defined RTO to ensure business continuity.

For example, the organization has an RTO of 30 hours. When a disaster occurs, the organization must recover all its critical IT services within 30 hours from the point in time the disaster occurs.

VMimport Policy

The VMimport Policy defines the trusted permission attributes to import virtual machine images from your virtual environment to Amazon EC2, as AMIs. You can use the AMIs to launch instances. For more information about how to create a VMimport Policy, see Create VMimport Policy.

VMimport Role

The VMimport Role is a role required by the VMimport utility in AWS. It allows you to access Amazon EC2 for creating AMI in the AWS account. For more information about how to create a VMimport Role, see Create VMimport Role.


A VPC is a section of the AWS Cloud specific to the AWS account. You can launch the AWS resources, such as EC2 instances, in the virtual network. For more information, see Amazon Virtual Private Cloud.