Author: Musawenkosi Khulu (Cloud Engineer)
If your data center does not have VMware, you can still use AWS Site Recovery for disaster recovery. Instead of replicating VMware-based VMs to the AWS cloud, you can replicate your physical servers or Hyper-V-based VMs. The overall process for setting up and using AWS Site Recovery in this scenario would be similar to the one I described earlier, with a few key differences:
* Set up your replication environment
Create an AWS Site Recovery account
Create a virtual private cloud (VPC) in the region where you want to recover your data. Create a replication and recovery infrastructure in the VPC, including a VPC endpoint for AWS Site Recovery, a subnet for the recovery instance, and a security group for the recovery instance.
* Prepare your on-premises environment Install the AWS Site Recovery connector on the on-premises server or Hyper-V host
Discover and register your on-premises servers or Hyper-V VMs with AWS Site Recovery.
* Configure replication
Choose the servers or VMs you want to replicate
Select the recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) that best meet your business needs
Configure the network settings for the replication process
* Test and enable replication
Test the recovery process to ensure that it meets your requirements
Enable replication to begin the ongoing process of replicating your data to the AWS cloud.
* Recover in the event of a failure
In the event of a data center failure, failover to the recovery infrastructure in the AWS cloud
Use the recovered servers or VMs to resume business operations.
* Failback to on-premises
Once the primary site is recovered, you can perform a failback operation to move back your data to the original site.
AWS Site Recovery supports physical servers and Hyper-V-based VMs, allowing you to protect your data center regardless of the underlying infrastructure. The service supports both Windows and Linux operating systems, and enables you to replicate and recover your on-premises servers and VMs to the AWS cloud.
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