10 Minutes to DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

Datrium is delivering 10 minutes to DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service with VMware Cloud on AWS) to help organizations prepare in case disaster strikes. 

Traditionally DR has been expensive, complicated, and unreliable. But Datrium has changed all that. We’ve transformed DR with cloud backup into an easy-to-use SaaS product. 


10 Minutes to DRaaS – Follow These Four Easy Steps:


  1. Download a lightweight virtual machine (VM)
  2. Create global backup and data retention policies
  3. Store backups on low-cost S3
  4. Pay on-demand for DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS if disaster strikes


Rising Threat of Ransomware and Regulations Are Raising the Stakes


The rising threat of ransomware and regulations, such as GDPR, are driving many organizations to get reliable DR plans in place quickly. Every day there are reports of new attacks, and it costs companies millions. Many organizations don’t report attacks unless they’re mandated to disclose them because they don’t want to damage their brand and reputation. More and more companies are undergoing risk assessments to gauge their level of exposure. 

For organizations with smaller IT teams and budgets, reliable DR has been out of reach. They couldn’t afford the high cost of a secondary DR site or always-on DR resources in the cloud. We have customers who use Datrium DRaaS and have saved almost 70% over traditional DR approaches, such as having a secondary physical site. Plus, they’ve reduced RTO by 90%. 

DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS offers an on-demand model that enables you to reduce the risk of ransomware attacks and other disasters. DRaaS is cost-efficient, easy-to-use, and reliable, so you get:

  • On-demand cloud DR with built-in backup – you only pay when disaster strikes
  • Instant RTO – eliminates VM format conversions and lengthy rehydration
  • Ransomware recovery – with tamper proof backups 
  • Continuous automated compliance checks – to validate the configuration, confirm there hasn’t been any drift, and ensure DR plans work when you need them 
  • Plug-n-Play: DRaaS works seamlessly with any VMware-centric primary storage


10 Minutes to DRaaS in 4 Easy Steps


  1. Download the lightweight virtual machine (VM). DRaaS works with any VMware-centric primary storage including SAN, NAS, HCI, and DHCI systems. It also works with VMware workloads running in the cloud because even cloud resources fail.
  2. Establish backup and retention policies. Through an easy-to-use UI, you set backup policies and DR runbooks. You can schedule tamperproof backups to be created every few minutes, every hour, every day – whatever makes sense for your business. You also establish data retention policies. You can keep the data for weeks, months, or years. Having deep backups is essential for ransomware attacks where the breach may not be evident until months after the initial attack.
  3. Store backups on S3: Once you’ve set the backup policies, they are automatically created, deduplicated, compressed, encrypted, and stored in their native VM format. There’s no VM conversion, so failover and failback are seamless, unlike other solutions that can be a nightmare.
  4. Pay on demand: You only pay for DR resources when disaster strikes, which is how cloud-based DR should be – elastic and pay-as-you-go. When disaster strikes, DRaaS automatically provisions VMware resources and an SDDC in VMware Cloud on AWS. The stored backups are instantly powered-on via a live cloud-native NFS datastore mounted by ESX hosts in that SDDC. Unlike traditional backup-only solutions, you don’t waste time waiting for backup data to be copied into an SDDC before you can restart the VMs. The combination of on-demand compute and low-cost backup storage delivers exceptional economies of scale.

See It for Yourself

10 minutes to DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS isn’t too good to be true. Request a demo, and we’ll show you.