VMUGs and DR and Noise-Canceling Headphones, Oh My!

On 12/5, we exhibited at VMUG’s Virtual Event. Lots of folks dropped in to ask questions, download content, and hear about Datrium on-demand DRaaS. To make it fun, we gave folks a few challenges with a chance to win a pair of noise-canceling headphones:

  • Attend our virtual speaking session – details below – don’t miss it if you didn’t get a chance to listen live
  • Visit our booth and download the State of Data Resiliency and Disaster Recovery Report
  • Chat with us about their reaction to our presentation and report

Congrats to Rich Stewart, who won the noise-canceling headphones. Enjoy!


Learn More about Ransomware

Our Field CTO, Andre Leibovici, spoke about how we help companies recover from ransomware – Secrets to Recovering from Ransomware and Disasters with VMware Cloud on AWS. Don’t miss the replay to learn:

  • Secrets to recovering instantly from a ransomware attack
  • The most common types of DR events and growing threats
  • The most important capabilities in a DR solution according to IT leaders
  • How to save 10x with an on-demand model using the public cloud


Everything You Wanted to Know About DR But Were Afraid to Ask

Here’s the Q&A session we had with folks. You can always contact us to ask a question or get a demo to see how we can help your team with DR.

Q: Can you provide further info on how your solution reduces the overall costs versus other solution options or just using VMware on AWS?

A: Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS reduces costs in a few ways. All the alternatives on AWS don’t have these four features in a single package from a single vendor:

  • you only pay for SDDC hosts when you need them rather than all the time
  • we store your data on S3 after we apply dedupe and compression so ongoing storage costs on AWS approach Glacier pricing 
  • we encrypt your data from the host on prem to the cloud, so you don’t need to pay for a VPN
  • we reduce IT management time because you don’t need to learn new tools; you can use all the familiar on-prem VMware management tools in the cloud too because we keep everything in native VMware format on AWS


Q: I think it’s crazy to see that just over 50% of respondents had a DR event in the past 24 months! I think we’re going on 36 months since our last major one. I don’t know whether to be happy about that or scared that our time is coming again!

A: As long as you feel you’re prepared, your DR plans are up to date and can be tested, you can easily execute failover and failback, and you don’t have to pay for a second DR site – you can feel confident. 


Q: I hear ya. We’re confident in everything, but it’s still the hassle and fear of knowing it will happen, and it’s a day or two that we can’t get back.

A: A day! That’s a long time. We do instant RTO, which means as soon as your site goes down, we can spin up a DR site in the cloud within minutes! And, you don’t have to pay for it until you use it.


Q: Sorry, I didn’t make that clear. We can get it back quickly. I guess I’m thinking about the time spent finding the source of the problem and then fixing it, so it doesn’t happen again. All the fun stuff that goes along with anything. But I do need to go deeper at Datrium. It would be nice to have a cloud option as well at no cost unless needed. Almost sounds too good to be true!

A: We get that all the time from prospective customers. It’s real, and our sales team would be happy to meet with you and show it running. DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS is the cloud option where you only pay for S3 storage until you have a DR event. No ongoing SDDC costs on VMC.


Q: I thought the statistic about 74.9% of organizations stated that DR budgets had increased was interesting. The people I’ve talked to have had flat or shrinking budgets for DR, not growing.

A: Enterprises always want to do more with less. But in the age when natural disasters and cybercrimes like ransomware are rising dramatically, DR is the only solution that works. Teams that do a threat assessment and impact analysis of such disasters almost always end up assigning more budget to DR.


Q: I’m surprised by the data point in your “The State of Enterprise Data resiliency and Disaster Recovery” report: “Over half (50.4%) of respondents indicated that their organization has experienced a DR event in the past 24 months.” What do you consider a DR event?

A: Anything that forces you to recover data, for example, a natural disaster that causes the data center to shut down or cuts power (a very big reason for DR) or even ransomware (another big reason why DR is required).


Q: Great report. I’m honestly a little shocked that 36.2% of companies surveyed reported a DR event from ransomware attacks. Terrifying.

A: Here’s a scarier number – cybercrimes will account for $6 Trillion in losses by 2021 – that’s the biggest transfer of economic wealth in the history of humankind. It’s larger than all illegal drug sales in the world combined! Another fact: ransomware prevention tools don’t always work, so DR is the only way to be safe. 


Q: Great presentation by Andre. I didn’t know about the rehydrate time when recovering in VMC. I guess SRM to VMC also has this limitation?

A: I haven’t checked SRM in-depth, but typically the problem of rehydration happens because you need to go from backup to DR or DR to primary cloud. And we have the technology to bypass that step, which enables us to do instant RTO.


Q: Does this work in the government cloud as well?

A: Yes, as long as you’re using a private cloud built on vSphere, it will work.


Q: Will this work on a private cloud?

A: Yes.


Q: Good morning. Took a look through the 2019 report and found that “the majority (55.3%) of those who have experienced a DR event in the past 24 months stated that failover to their DR location was difficult” was pretty interesting.

A: Exactly. Just because a DR solution was put in place doesn’t mean that failover and failback will work smoothly. Half the time, they fail.


Q: Interesting stat: 88.1% said that they would use the public cloud as their DR site if they only have to pay for it when they need it.

A: Yes, interesting indeed, and because we can spin up the AWS instances with VMC on demand, you never pay unless you absolutely need it.


Check out the State of Data Resiliency and Disaster Recovery Report and watch Secrets to Recovering from Ransomware and Disasters with VMware Cloud on AWS. Then, contact us to see how we can help your organization with on-demand DRaaS.