VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 – Enhanced DR and Migration

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VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 - Enhanced DR and Migration

We are pleased to announce that VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 is generally available now.

Along with the new branded logo, it brings a significant amount of new features and improvements to our VMware Cloud Providers, enabling them to provide even better DR and migration services to their tenants and offer a response to combat Ransomware.

Following the enhanced migration options (including migrations to VMware Cloud on AWS) enabled by VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.2, 4.3 is more DR-oriented, yet provides several general and migration enhancements.

The main new features that we would like to outline in this release are:

  • DR & Migration Plans to help better orchestration.
  • The minimum allowed RPO is lowered from 5 minutes to only 1 minute.
  • More flexible storage of deposits with the advanced storage policies.

In most cases, when a group of VMs is protected or migrated, they have different priorities and should start in a strict order to prevent unexpected application behavior. The DR & Migration Planning function makes it possible to set the correct sequence of actions while performing the DR and migration tasks.

DR Plans

The DR and migration plans allow the provider or tenant to manage the sequence of failing VMs, set latencies, and even include prompts to confirm the success of the performed step.

They are based on already configured replications and can include both VMs and vApps. Once created, the schedule can later be changed to modify the included VMs / vApps, add additional steps or remove existing ones. The DR and migration plans can be tested without affecting the production replication to validate that all the protected workloads will be faulty correctly at the destination site. Once a test is completed, it can be easily cleaned up.

Migration plans

Similar to the DR plans, the migration plans offer the same options, including testing the plan. But while creating it, an additional option allows you to set the auto-sync time to save time when the migration takes place.

You can see more about the DR & Migration Plans in this video.

Lowering the minimum allowable RPO to 1 minute allows providers to protect their tenants’ mission-critical workloads even more effectively. Due to the excellent level of service implemented through the replication policies and SLA profiles, this new feature does not change anything in the existing offers defined by providers, but only allows them to include a different and more premium level of service to their portfolio.

1 minute RPO is a premium feature and requires premium networking and data processing to work properly. Make sure you validate the environment against the recommended VMware minimum specification for 1 min. RPO first prior implementation.

Watch this video for more information on this feature.

Being able to store instances across different schedules not only provides flexibility, but also provides some extra security for workloads.

The advanced storage rules offer up to 5 storage rules, where the total amount of stored deposits can not exceed 24.

Providers can define these rules in the SLA profiles assigned to the various organizations. They can also transfer control into the hands of their tenants to specify the exact storage options when configuring a new protection, but still apply restrictions through the replication policies.

Watch this video for more information on this feature.

VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.3 introduces some general product enhancements for service operation and administration.

These are the most notable:

  • Improved backup and restore functionality that allows single-component recovery and on-site recovery.
  • UI to select which address to use for the internal connection between the devices.
  • Changing the Cloud Certificate does not require on-site tenants to re-pair with the Cloud Site and will not cause service interruptions.
  • Clean outdated replications without failing the replication job.
  • Add VMs to existing vApps without having to restore replication.
  • Token authentication through VMware vSphere UI in cases where VMware Cloud Director is integrated with an external identity provider and prohibits the use of local accounts.

If you are running VMware Cloud Director Availability 4.1.x or later, you can upgrade directly to 4.3. In case you are running an earlier version like 3.5.x or 4.0.x, then the upgrade path is as follows – 3.5.x > 4.0.0.2 > 4.2.1 > 4.3.

You can find out more about the upgrade process in this video.

Reminder: Please note that VMware Cloud Director Availability 3.5 has reached the End of General Support (EOGS) on November 14, 2021.

Remember, to get the latest updates, check this blog regularly, you can also find us on Slack, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn as well as many demo videos and activation of YouTube, especially our Feature Fridays series!

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