Datrium DRaaS Makes DR Easy

Disaster Recovery as a Service with VMware Cloud on AWS

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  • Get failproof, cloud-native, on-demand DR with built-in cloud backup and DR orchestration for all VMware workloads
  • 10x lower DR costs with an on-demand data center in the public cloud – only pay for DR when disaster strikes or for testing
  • With instant RTO, restart any VMware workload backup directly after a ransomware attack or other disaster
  • Continuous compliance checks ensure DR plans will work when needed most
  • More efficient IT with consistent VMware operating environment in the cloud and on premises plus a global dashboard to manage all backup and DR plans

What Customers Are Saying

“In the oil and gas business, cloud backup and disaster recovery are critical to our IT success. The efficiency of Datrium’s DRaaS is great because I can instantly restart my entire datacenter on VMware Cloud on AWS from my backups on AWS S3—I get the best RTO in the business for the least cost. Failproof DR with auditable reports and ransomware recovery significantly reduces our business risk.”

– Josh Rein, Network Manager, Ultra Petroleum

“Developing and delivering transportation solutions requires highly available and secure IT systems even during disasters. Our DR solution had to have low RTO and the high reliability and security of a leading government service that could be audited, tested, and verified regularly. Datrium DRaaS met all our demanding requirements while reducing our TCO by 80%.”

– Michael Beerer, Senior Section Manager – Information Systems, Orange County Transportation Authority

“Developing and delivering transportation solutions requires highly available and secure IT systems even during disasters. Our DR solution had to have low RTO and the high reliability and security of a leading government service that could be audited, tested, and verified regularly. Datrium DRaaS met all our demanding requirements while reducing our TCO by 80%.”

– Michael Beerer, Senior Section Manager – Information Systems, Orange County Transportation Authority

Analyst Recommendation

“Until now, DR has been more disaster than recovery. With Datrium DRaaS, VMware users finally have a true DR option that works automatically and on-demand, regardless of the complexity of their environment.”

– Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, ESG

DRaaS Offers Groundbreaking Capabilities in Disaster Recovery

Failproof Cloud DR for All VMware Workloads

Get failproof DR with instant RTO for all of your VMware workloads wherever they’re running – SAN, NAS or HCI systems – plus automatic failover from an SDDC in one Availability Zone (AZ) to another AZ. All your DR plans get continuous compliance checks every 30 minutes, ensuring that your DR plan is going to work when you actually need it.

10x More Cost-Efficient DR

Backups are forever incremental, encrypted, deduped, and stored efficiently in S3. You only pay for VMware Cloud SDDC when you actually need it in a failover event. Failback results in minimal AWS egress charges by transferring only changed and globally deduplicated data.

Instant RTO Restart from Recent Snapshots or Deep Backups on S3

Easily restart instantly from recent snapshots or backups that are months or years old. With converged backup and DR, you have millions of point-in-time consistent recovery points to choose from, so you can quickly restore your entire data center. That can be critical for ransomware attacks, which often only become apparent months after the initial event. Achieve instant RTO with zero copy and no rehydration as ESX hosts directly mount a live NFS datastore hosted in AWS.

Continuous Compliance and Efficient DR

Achieve failproof DR for lower business risk. ControlShift automatically checks your plan for health and compliance every 30 minutes, so you can be confident your DR plan is going to work when you need it. Built-in audit reports help you meet your compliance objectives.

Consistent Operating Environment On Premises and in the Cloud

Simplify the management of your cloud, on-premises, and DR sites. Datrium DRaaS maintains VMs in their native vSphere format and eliminates the need for brittle and time-consuming VM disk format conversions. Manage both your cloud DR site and production sites with vCenter and retain access to familiar abstractions such as clusters, resource pools, data stores, virtual switches, and port groups following a failover.

Your Complete Solution

With Datrium DRaaS, you get a complete solution that delivers comprehensive support, simplified purchasing, and billing. Eliminate the cost and friction caused by multiple point products. You get everything you need for fail-proof on-demand DR to the public cloud in one solution. And you can work with our DRaaS-Select partners.

DRaaS for Edge Environments

Modern data protection and DR for remote offices / branch locations (ROBO). It enables enterprises to store backups both locally and in the cloud, giving them the choice of recovery path based on WAN bandwidth. Get SaaS-simple, centralized deployment and management plus global backup and DR – regardless of where the data resides.

On-Demand DR with VMware Cloud on AWS

Production Sites

DRaaS with VMware Cloud on AWS protects all VMware workloads by using DRaaS Connect. VMware Cloud on AWS production SDDC sites, as well as vSphere environments running on traditional SAN, NAS, and HCI on premises, can be protected with failproof, on-demand DRaaS and instant RTO.

Datrium DRaaS Connect

DRaaS Connect is a downloadable, lightweight virtual machine that enables customers to get failproof DR for any vSphere infrastructure and to protect VMs in just minutes. DRaaS Connect for VMware Cloud enables DRaaS to orchestrate failover from a VMware Cloud SDDC in one AWS AZ to another AZ. DRaaS Connect for vSphere On Prem extends Datrium DRaaS to any vSphere on-premises infrastructure including SANs, NAS, HCI, and DHCI.

Datrium DRaaS

A unified Cloud DR and backup service with recovery to VMware Cloud on AWS.

Cloud Backup

A cloud backup service that automatically runs and stores backups in S3 in a native compressed and deduplicated form.


A DR orchestration service that executes DR plans and provisions and monitors SDDCs in VMware Cloud on AWS.


Software-Defined Data Center, a Cloud DR Site provisioned on demand by ControlShift. SDDC provides a vSphere-based cloud execution environment for operational consistency.

What’s Happening Inside Datrium DRaaS

Datrium DRaaS provides “shared nothing” isolated secure cloud storage and compute environments with no cloud infrastructure sharing between customers. The AWS account hosts backup and DR orchestration services, and the VMware Cloud account hosts cloud DR targets.

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Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup is automatically included in DRaaS. Regular backups can be scheduled every few minutes, hours, or days. It uses S3 as a repository of backups stored in a native compressed and deduplicated form. All protected vSphere environments send native forever-incremental backups to the Cloud Backup. Global Deduplication ensures that data is transferred only when needed. The built-in Datrium VPN ensures there are no transfer charges during backup.


The system provides fully automated failback from a cloud SDDC to on-premises data centers or another AZ in VMware Cloud on AWS. Data changes that occur while executing in the cloud are captured and stored as a Cloud Backup snapshot in S3. ControlShift orchestrates the transfer back to the AZ or on-premises data center – which includes just the data that changed. Cloud egress charges are minimized by delta transfers, which occur only when deltas are not already present in the on-premises data center.


ControlShift is a DR orchestration service that executes DR plans and provisions and monitors SDDCs in VMware Cloud on AWS. DR plans and states are stored in a highly-available Plan database replicated across multiple availability zones. Built-in self-healing ensures that, in the event of public cloud unavailability, all affected Datrium services automatically migrate to a healthy availability zone without any data loss.

Compliance Checks and Reporting

Automatic Compliance Checks ensure DR plan integrity is in a steady state providing maximum assurance of a successful failover. ControlShift offers a variety of reports to satisfy DR readiness and audit requirements.

VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC

VMware Cloud SDDC provides a vSphere-based execution environment for a cloud DR target. An SDDC can be provisioned on demand with ControlShift. A provisioned SDDC incurs hourly charges. Upon DR test completion, the SDDC can be decommissioned through the ControlShift UI. ControlShift performs automated network configurations for both AWS and VMware Cloud to make S3 backups available for spin-up in SDDC. The SDDC is managed with the familiar vCenter interface.

SaaS Delivery and Support

With autonomous deployment, configuration, maintenance, upgrades, and healing from component failures, you can focus on managing your data protection requirements. No manual on-premises software installation is required. Datrium monitors and supports all components of the system, including AWS and VMware Cloud, aided by Datrium partnerships with both companies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I mix prem-to-cloud, cloud-to-cloud, and prem-to-prem DR plans within Datrium DRaaS?

Absolutely. Datrium DRaaS provides everything you need for both cloud and on-premises failovers. You can have many different DR plan types, and you can even execute multiple DR plans concurrently to recover some parts of your infrastructure to a cloud DR target and other parts to cloud and on-premises DR sites.

How do I manage my cloud SDDC?

You will have access to a familiar vCenter interface to manage your cloud SDDC. Some SDDC settings and network configurations are managed via the ControlShift UI.

Is failback from VMware Cloud supported?

Yes, Datrium DRaaS supports efficient, orchestrated failback from VMware Cloud on AWS to on-premises data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS Availability Zones.


Can I decommission my SDDC to limit costs?

Yes, you can tear down your SDDC at any time via ControlShift UI. Please note that a new SDDC deployment can take about 90 minutes.

Do I need to establish my own AWS and VMC accounts and deal directly with AWS and VMware to subscribe to Datrium DRaaS?

No. Datrium DRaaS includes all required components. You don’t need to interact with any other vendors. You will get a single bill from Datrium, and Datrium will provide comprehensive support of all components, including AWS and VMware Cloud.

Do I need to purchase any other cloud service components to go with DRaaS like DRaaS Connect?

No, Datrium DRaaS includes all software and service components for cloud backup and disaster recovery to the public cloud. If you're protecting non-DVX on-premises sites, you can request a no-cost feature called DRaaS Connect for vSphere On Prem. If you're protecting a VMware Cloud on AWS production environment, you can request a no-cost feature called DRaaS Connect for VMware Cloud. DRaaS Connect will be available in Q2 2020.


How is the cloud service maintained and upgraded?

There is nothing to install, manage, or monitor in the cloud. Datrium Support performs the monitoring, maintenance, and upgrade of the services. These upgrades are performed with notifications ahead of time, like other enterprise SaaS services.

What is the support model for DRaaS?

DRaaS is offered as a cloud service with a single point of support. It includes DR Cloud Backup, on-demand SDDCs with VMware Cloud on AWS, and DR orchestration through ControlShift. These systems are monitored and maintained by Datrium Support.

Can I run DR testing and do a production failover at any time by myself, or do I need help from Datrium support?

Datrium DRaaS is designed for self-service. You can perform DR testing or a production failover at any time without contacting Datrium support. You can also request Datrium assistance at any time, especially when faced with a real disaster recovery event.

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.