vCHS – DRaaS

Yesterday I was listening to the vBrownBag recording of VMware DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service) from Chris Colotti. This is a new vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Services) offering, which is subscription based. I haven’t had the chance to actually use it yet but the more I hear about the more I want to try it.

Some Highlights:

  • Inexpensive alternative to full blown vCHS subscription
  • Able to buy one month at a time
  • Schedule test failovers with VMware – team is ready to help with any support issues
  • Uses vSphere Replication – no need to purchase expensive replicating solutions
  • Possible to seed the storage using NAS from VMware
  • Small foot print for virtual appliance that handles the vSphere Replication
  • As low as 15 minute RPO
  • No need to purchase hardware for colocation


It’s definitely tech worth checking out if you’re a smaller company looking for a DR solution…or even a larger company looking for tier 2 DR.

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