ControlShift and Datrium DRaaS

ControlShift provides end-to-end orchestration for workload recovery to cloud or other on-premises sites with comprehensive DR plan definition, workflow execution, testing, compliance checks, and report generation.

ControlShift may be used as a standalone service for orchestration between on-premises environments, or as a component of Datrium DRaaS (“DRaaS”) for workload recovery in the cloud.

DRaaS is a cloud-based mobility and DR orchestration service for on-premises and cloud environments that includes ControlShift, Cloud DVX, and VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC). VMC provides additional flexibility by allowing you to fail over directly to a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) in AWS based on Cloud DVX snapshots.

ControlShift provides three contexts in which DR operations are enabled:

  • A protected site is an on-premises DVX System, on which workloads are covered by a ControlShift plan.
  • A backup site receives snapshot replicas from a protected site and stores them for failover operations. A backup site can be an on-premises DVX System or a Cloud DVX instance. A Cloud DVX instance runs in AWS using Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) with backups stored in S3 in a forever-incremental compression and deduplication form. A backup site is sometimes also referred to as an “archive” site.
  • A failover site takes over workload execution after a disaster occurs. A failover site is an on-premises DVX System, or a cloud-created site in VMC with Datrium DRaaS. ControlShift uses snapshots from a backup site to recover on the failover site according to the DR plan definition. For more information about using this service, see Datrium DRaaS.

Note: Site designations are logical, on a per-plan basis. This means, for example, that the same physical site can act as a protected site for some plans, as a backup site for other plans, and as a failover site - all at the same time.