We are delighted to announce that our new functionality for Automated Disaster Recovery Testing for AWS Cloud is now available. A new section is now available in the main CloudRanger dashboard, for Disaster Recovery. In this section, you will be able to create an AWS cloud Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), much in the same way you already do for creating backup policies in our platform but in this case for disaster recovery testing purposes.
With our existing backup system in place, our new Automated Disaster Recovery Testing functionality allows you to test that any Amazon Machine Image (AMI) backups you are taking actually work successfully in practice.
How Do The Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP) Work?
Within a DRP you will be able to define your Recovery Point Objective (RPO). If the backup policy associated with the instances in your DRP is frequent enough to meet your requested RPO, then those instances will be restored together to the same region or an alternative AWS region. This process can run on demand or to a defined frequency based on your chosen schedule.
The on-demand feature of this capability allows for the scenario of an actual disaster event and will look for the AMI backup instances requested & available to spin up a new working environment in an alternative AWS region of your choice.
Why You Need Automated Disaster Recovery Testing?
One of the biggest challenges with Disaster Recovery Planning is the lack of testing and verification of DR plans. In this situation, you will have no idea as to whether or not you’ll actually be able to recover from a disaster and whether your RTO and RPO is valid.
Infrequent testing of backup environments is putting businesses at substantial risk in the event of an outage or disaster. Creating a DRP should be an essential part of your business continuity planning process, yet over half of DR plans are tested once a year or never at all!
Our ADR testing ensures that all backup and data protection processes are working correctly, and we provide you with added peace of mind that you’ll be prepared for any disaster situation.
Setup Your Disaster Recovery Plan in 4 Simple Steps
Step 1 – Create a cross region backup policy for AMIs within the CloudRanger platform for your specific Amazon EC2 resources. This ensures a valid AMI being available in both the source and target regions
Step 2 – Create your Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) by selecting the instances and desired destination region with desired Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
Step 3 – Clone Resources
If this is the first time you are running this restore policy you will want to clone the source networking to the destination region in the ‘Environment Mappings’ section. You can do this easily by using our One-Click Clone option to replicate entire infrastructure from source to destination region.
Once this is complete, this will then populate all the destination network infrastructure with the mappings from the source that were created.
Step 4 – Choose to execute your DRP now, or test on an automated schedule. In the Disaster Recovery testing section, you can then choose the frequency of the schedules where you would like to automatically test created backups by temporarily restoring them to an instance. If required you can execute your Disaster Recovery Plan manually. You can do this by clicking the ‘Execute Now’ button and select the RPO. It defaults to now to get the latest backups you have.
You will then be presented with the screen where you can choose your Point In Time Restore. By clicking ‘Restore’ this will then recover your specific Amazon EC2 resources to your target region.
CloudRanger delivers the worlds easiest to use backup and disaster recovery platform for AWS Cloud. Its easy-to-use graphical interface offers users the ability schedule backup policies to and server resources to save time and money. We provide an overall view of the entire server system to give users the most control over their cloud while delivering enhanced disaster recovery management. CloudRanger is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Technology Partner. Clients include Rockwell Collins, Version 1, NASCAR and Warner Chappell.
Looking For More Information?
For more information on our Automated Disaster Recovery Testing functionality for Amazon EC2 resources, or to arrange a demo of the ADR functionality, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org