Datrium ControlShift

Cloud-Based, Workload, and DR Orchestration

ControlShift is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that orchestrates recovery from natural disasters and cybercrimes, including ransomware, to VMware Cloud on AWS or between sites running Datrium DVX, the market-leading DHCI solution. Users can log in, create recovery plans, and run them for testing, planned, and unplanned recovery of workloads. ControlShift is a key component of Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS, and it works with on-premises DVXs to make recoveries instant, failproof, cost-effective, and easy for any VMware workload. A single instance of ControlShift can manage both prem-prem DVX recoveries and prem-cloud recoveries with VMware Cloud on AWS.


• Get failproof DR with continuous compliance checks
• Achieve one-click failover and failback to the public cloud using Datrium Disaster Recovery as a Service with VMware Cloud on AWS or between data centers
• Exceed recovery SLAs with instant RTO and low RPO for DR
• Orchestrate recovery from disasters and ransomware

Key Features

Failproof DR

ControlShift automatically checks your DR plan for health and compliance every 30 minutes, so you can be confident your plan is going to work when you need it. All data and backups are validated multiple times each day. Data is encrypted from host memory to the cloud, so your data is 100% secure. ControlShift provides comprehensive resource mapping and sequencing for DR plans, including mapping for sites, protection groups, datastores, VMware vCenters, and IP addresses.

One-Click Failover and Failback

ControlShift automates every step of your DR plan between on-premises sites, so you don’t have to manage multiple products for DR orchestration, backup, and primary storage. There’s no hardware or software to install, configure, integrate, diagnose, or maintain at multiple sites. Datrium orchestrates everything for on-premises sites, so you can execute your DR plan with a single click. Flexible enough to support many different types of topologies between protected sites, backup sites, and failover sites.

Instant RTO for DR

VMs are restarted directly from millions of searchable point-in-time backups stored at the DR site, either in VMware Cloud on AWS with DRaaS or at a secondary physical site, for an instant Recovery Time Objective (RTO). Native storage-level snapshots ensure a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of as little as 5 minutes without any adverse impact on performance or capacity.

Recover from Natural Disasters and Ransomware

Easily recover with recent snapshots or backups from months or years ago. This recovery point depth is critical for ransomware attacks, which often only becomes apparent months after the initial event.

Isolated DR Testing

Isolated DR test environments avoid any effects on production workloads or on actual failovers that might be necessary during a test. Specify separate test mappings for datastores, folders, compute resources, IP addresses, and any other resources appropriate to test your DR plan.


ControlShift running on Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS

ControlShift running on Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS



 DR orchestration for site-to-site protection

DR orchestration for site-to-site protection.


Above, we’re showing one possible topology option. You can read about more options in our ControlShift documentation.

Automated Audit Reporting

Audit reports are an operational requirement for many companies. ControlShift makes audit compliance painless by automatically creating email and pdf reports of all executed compliance checks, test runs, and failovers.

Automated DR Site Provisioning

ControlShift eliminates secondary DR sites with on-demand VMware Cloud on AWS by automatically provisioning a VMware SDDC in AWS when you need it. ControlShift runbooks allow you to create failover workflow steps, protection groups, protected sites, compute resources, virtual networks, email alerts, and more to completely automate failover (and failback) to your on-demand DR site in the public cloud.

ControlShift DataSheet

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See How We Do It

We can help your organization get modern DR in an easy-to-use SaaS solution that eliminates the cost and complexity of traditional DR solutions. We provide cloud-native, on-demand DR with instant RTO for all your VMware workloads. You can be confident that your data is secure in the cloud or on premises and protected against ransomware attacks.