4 DRaaS Options Meet More Customer Needs and Use Cases

August 23, 2019
Disaster Recovery

The popularity of disaster recovery (DR) solutions continues to grow at an almost exponential rate because of its ability to help businesses maintain maximum availability of their critical applications. As a service provider, we know we have to continue to enhance our DR offerings to give our customers the tools they need to protect themselves from outages and downtime due to natural disasters, human errors, bad patches, malicious threats like ransomware, or anything else that might impact their application availability. Our Zerto-based Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering is truly a best-in-class DR platform that helps our customers ensure availability when disasters strike.

As a part of our efforts to provide our customers with the tools they need to protect themselves from a disaster, we are excited to announce there are now four new options for our DRaaS solution:

  • Self-managed DRaaS
  • Bring Your Own Enterprise License
  • Multi-cloud Replication
  • Stretch Layer 2


Self-Managed DRaaS

Some organizations want to manage and control their DR solutions themselves. They also understand the value of having their DR environment separate from their production environment. US Signal’s Self-managed DRaaS enables both.

By segregating the solution and running it on the US Signal cloud, customers can achieve geo-diversity, minimize human error, avoid issues from patching, and keep malicious threats like ransomware separated from their DR environments.

They can also take advantage of US Signal’s reliable infrastructure and networking while maintaining the flexibility to build their virtual protection groups (VPGs), to turn replication on or off, to test different fail over scenarios, or to fail over whenever necessary.

In addition, customers can fail over isolated VPGs or their entire environment using a web-accessible self-service portal that is always available in the case of a whole-site failure.

Bring Your Own Enterprise License

Self-managed DRaaS now supports customers who already have purchased a perpetual Zerto IT Resilience Platform™: Enterprise Cloud Edition (ECE) license along with maintenance and support from Zerto. Since the licensing portion of the fees for VM replication are already paid for by the customer, we can provide a cost-effective solution for customers who wish to store a tertiary copy of their workloads in the US Signal cloud.

This DRaaS option operates the same as Self-managed DRaaS but with a lower VM replication fee.

Multi-cloud Replication

Multi-cloud replication refers to the ability to replicate your source environment to two different target environments. With US Signal’s Multi-cloud Replication option, customers can leverage having secondary copies of their production environments for added protection. Or, they can use them as sandbox environments for testing patches and updates to their applications. Because test fail-overs are isolated and won’t impact production, customers can run tests on complete copies of their production environment without having to have separate dev environments to manage and keep synced.

Another great use case for the Multi-cloud Replication option is migrating workloads, especially into the US Signal cloud. Having a copy of the production workloads that customers can migrate to while simultaneously having a full copy in another datacenter means customers are protected before, during, and after their migration. Once a migration is complete, multi-cloud replication can be used to replicate back to the original source environment and to a geo-diverse cloud target to maintain maximum protection. Customers can continue to take advantage of the added protections and use cases for multi-cloud replication or they can elect to move back to a single target environment.

Stretch Layer 2

The fourth option that can be added to DRaaS is a networking configuration allowing the ability to stretch a virtual local area network (VLAN) to allow VMs to talk over the same broadcast domain while in different physical locations. Layer 2 connectivity is stretched over a layer 3 connection. The key benefit is that customers can fail over VPGs without the need to reconfigure IP addresses. It may simplify failover operations in specific use cases, such as when proprietary or legacy software has hard-coded IP’s. A US Signal Solutions Architect can help you determine if Stretch Layer 2 is the right fit for your business needs.

To learn more about US Signal DR solutions that leverage Zerto’s journal-based continuous replication, call 866.2. SIGNAL or email [email protected].