A Complete Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution

IT organizations are continuously challenged with protecting applications and data against downtime. VMware delivers a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions that provides high availability, data protection and disaster recovery.


Protect Your Applications and Data

VMware solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery can protect you from planned and unplanned downtime simply and affordably.  

New VMware Site Recovery Service

VMware Site Recovery offers efficient, simple, and on-demand site protection for VMware Cloud on AWS.       

High Availability  

Ensure a high level of availability for your app, your data and your business without the cost and complexity associated with traditional application-level clustering. Leverage zero downtime live migrations and upgrades to eliminate planned downtime. Significantly reduce unplanned downtime by automatically restarting applications on available hardware when an application, operating system or server-level failure occurs.


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Data Protection  

Protect your IT environment and simplify backup and recovery of your data and systems with virtualization technologies. Simplify recovery of entire systems, including operating system, applications and data, within your recovery time objectives.


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Disaster Recovery

Be prepared for the unexpected with flexible disaster recovery solutions that fit your business’s needs. With options to build a private-cloud disaster recovery solution, or deploy a public-cloud disaster recovery as a service, none of your business-critical applications will need to go without protection.


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Simple and Reliable Disaster Recovery For All Your Applications


With traditional disaster recovery solutions, businesses must figure out what their budget can support and make tough decisions about which applications will not be covered. This process has been simplified thanks to the virtualization of IT resources and the advent of disaster recovery offerings via private and public clouds. Disaster recovery solutions are now both easy to manage and affordable, allowing for increased disaster recovery protection for all applications.

  • Private-cloud disaster recovery    
  • Cloud-based disaster recovery as a service
  • A dual approach to disaster recovery that leverages both private cloud and disaster recovery as a service.

VMware provides you with better flexibility to protect your business critical information in VMware vSphere environments, whether you choose to build your own solution or subscribe to disaster recovery services.


Private-Cloud Disaster Recovery


For organizations that would like to build out their own private clouds for disaster recovery, VMware offers a portfolio of products that includes replication and disaster recovery orchestration, as well as a hyper-converged infrastructure solution to further simplify and reduce the costs of implementing a disaster recovery solution.

  • VMware vSAN, a key component of VMware hyper-converged software, brings the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure and software-defined data center to storage. By clustering server hard disk and solid-state drives, vSAN creates a flash-optimized, highly resilient shared datastore designed for virtual environments.

  • VMware vSphere Replication is a flexible and easy-to-use replication technology that is configured and managed at the virtual machine level, making it storage independent and an enabler of data mobility between heterogeneous storage systems.

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager provides automated orchestration and non-disruptive testing of centralized recovery plans to simplify disaster recovery management for all your virtualized applications.


Efficient and Predictable Backup and Recovery


Protect your IT environment and simplify backup and recovery of your data and systems with virtualization technologies. Simplify recovery of entire systems, including operating system, applications and data, within your recovery time objectives using VMware vSphere Data Protection.


With VMware Data Protection solutions, you can:

  • Meet backup windows and recovery time objectives.
  • Efficiently utilize storage and network resources.
  • Easily protect every application in your IT infrastructure.

vSphere Data Protection 6.1

Read a technical overview of the architecture, deployment and management of vSphere Data Protection.


Ensure Simple Cost-Effective Availability For All Your Applications


Traditional application-level clustering solutions are costly, hard to implement and difficult to manage. With VMware vSphere, you increase the baseline level of availability for all your applications and ensure you meet service level agreements. 


In addition, you can significantly reduce planned downtime, prevent unplanned downtime and recover rapidly from outages as you:

  • Eliminate planned downtime for common maintenance operations.
  • Provide high availability independent of hardware, operating systems and applications.
  • Recover rapidly from operating system and server failures with automatic virtual machine restarts.



High Availability at CharterCARE Health Partners

See how CharterCARE virtualized its systems to provide disaster recovery and business continuity.

Planned Downtime


Planned downtime for local system maintenance is the No. 1 cause of downtime in IT environments. Maintenance windows are scheduled ahead of time for evenings or weekends to minimize business impact. VMware vSphere enables organizations to eliminate planned downtime and perform system maintenance at any time reducing
the burden on IT and the business.

  • VMware vSphere vMotion leverages the complete virtualization of servers, storage and networking to move an entire running virtual machine instantaneously from one server to another.
  • VMware vSphere Storage vMotion provides the ability to perform live migration of VMDK files across heterogeneous storage arrays with complete transaction integrity and application availability.


Unplanned Downtime


Due to the complexity and cost of application-level clustering, only a minority of applications are typically protected with these solutions. In traditional IT environments, that leaves the majority of applications with no protection against unplanned downtime. VMware provides a set of capabilities to provide simple and cost-effective availability for all applications running on VMware vSphere.

  • VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance provides continuous availability for applications in the event of server failures by creating a live shadow instance of a VM that is in lockstep with the primary instance. Should any failure happen to the primary instance, then the shadow instance will seamlessly take over where the primary instance left off.
  • VMware vSphere High Availability reduces application downtime by automatically restarting VMs on available servers upon detecting application, guest operating system or server hardware failures.

Business Continuity with VMware

Disaster Recovery Any Way You Want It

See how to protect your business with disaster recovery as a service or an on-premises solution from VMware.

Virtualization and Managing Risk

Learn how virtualization is key to managing risk in your IT environment with this guide to business continuity and disaster recovery.