This article provides how we make use of CloudCenter’s brownfield import and action library feature with CloudEndure Disaster Recovery to create a Disaster Recovery replica at AWS Cloud for a VM running in On-premises vCenter
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The business continuity of applications is becoming important along with data protection and operation in case of service outage or a failure. Applications disaster recovery (DR) plan should ensure the continuation of business critical applications in the event of a disaster. Public clouds are increasingly becoming easy and quick DR site alternatives to traditional on-premises DR site setups. Failing over to DR site in case of hardware or software failure at primary site provides continuity to business applications. Whenever a failure occurs workloads are failed over to DR site and then failed back to primary site when the crisis is over.
Using cloud orchestration and automation tools like CloudCenter, you can automate the cloud disaster recovery process end-to-end. Using automated mechanism for DR, IT can meet DR SLAs than using manual ways of administration and management.
With latest release of Cisco’s CloudCenter you can implement DR for workloads in on-premises by discover existing virtual machines using Brownfield import feature. Imported VMs comes under the management domain of CloudCenter. Once imported the virtual machines can be governed, metered likewise. Action library feature in CloudCenter enhances the brownfield import feature by enabling day N operations like DR operations on Brownfield and Greenfield deployments.
CloudEndure provides Live Migration and Disaster Recovery (DR) for any application, allowing companies to mobilize entire applications with their data to and across clouds with near zero downtime and no data loss. CloudEndure enables truly consistent, block-level, real-time replication using continuous data protection (CDP).
Here, we will explore how we can make use of CloudCenter’s brownfield import and action library with CloudEndure Disaster Recovery to configure DR at AWS for Virtual Machines in vCenter
Figure 1 – CloudCenter Disaster Recovery Flow for Brownfield VMs
Flow of operations for Disaster Recovery of virtual machine using CloudCenter and CloudEndure:
Figure 2 – VM Page of CloudCenter with DR actions
Figure 3 – Enable DR for a VM
Disaster Recovery Action(s) and CloudEndure DR Script
Figure 4 – Details of Enable DR Action defined in Action Library of CloudCenter
The script that gets called as part of Enable DR action in CloudCenter contacts the CloudEndure SaaS and performs the following steps:
Figure 5 – Virtual Machine DR Dashboard view in CloudEndure SaaS
Figure 6 – VM Details Display in CloudEndure SaaS
Scripts used in the validation exercise are available at the following github location:
Wrapper Scripts for various operations – init-xxx.sh
CloudEndure Scripts for Disaster Recovery – CE_Cisco_Integration_XX.py
CloudCenter – http://www.cisco.com/go/cloudcenter
CloudCenter Documentation – http://docs.cloudcenter.cisco.com/
CloudEndure – http://www.cloudendure.com/
CloudEndure Documentation – http://docs.cloudendure.com/