Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: A Reality with Commvault and AWS

Posted 11/15/2016 by Jeanna James

For those of you who attended Commvault GO, our inaugural customer conference, you might have had the opportunity to pick up some new best practices on leveraging AWS with Commvault for cloud-based disaster recovery. Or, perhaps you spent some time in the hands on labs and had the opportunity to test Commvault backups in the AWS cloud. 

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend Commvault GO and don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place because you think the cost is too high, you probably should see how that worked out for Delta Airlines recently. The truth is that traditional disaster recovery was extremely expensive. Note the past tense. New cloud-based operations that can be spun up and down, tested and audited, are typically a fraction of the cost of old methods. Because of the cloud advantage, enterprises are actively seeking to implement new cloud-based disaster recovery architectures.    

Commvault allows customers to develop and execute a modernized disaster recovery plan that matches budgetary constraints. From warm standby environments that may be suitable for small customer workload data center failures to 'hot standby' environments that enable rapid failover at scale, Commvault manages data no matter where it lives and can leverage AWS cloud infrastructure for rapid recoveries. Many of our customers are already implementing cloud disaster recovery with Commvault and AWS. In a recent TechValidate survey, 45% of customers who participated indicated they chose Commvault software specifically for cloud disaster recovery capabilities. In addition, 42% of surveyed IT organizations reduced storage hardware and media costs related to data management by 40% to 59% since deploying Commvault software with AWS.

For those of you who would like to learn more, Commvault is a Platinum Sponsor for the AWS re:Invent conference Nov. 28 – Dec. 2. If you are planning to attend the show, be sure to add our popular session, <“Reinventing Disaster Recovery Leveraging AWS Cloud Infrastructure” to your schedule.   

In this session, our own Peter Laudenslager and Shaown Nandi of Dow Jones, will share best practices on leveraging Commvault and AWS. Specifically, attendees will learn new methods to leverage VM backup to Amazon S3 storage for cost-effective disaster recovery and discover new ways to reduce costs by eliminating the significant expense of always-on cloud instances (needed for replication and retention on many backup and recovery tools). Additionally, the session will explore ways to protect workloads running in the cloud until failback to on-premises infrastructure can occur and examine how we can use similar processes to streamline Dev/Test operations in the cloud.

We look forward to seeing you there!