HOTLINK DR EXPRESS
HotLink® DR Express™ is a dramatically simple plug-in for VMware vCenter that extends administration and management capabilities to include backup and replication plus DR/BC at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Within minutes of a failure, you can automatically recover VMs into an AWS data protection site and continue managing the workloads using VMware vCenter. If spare capacity exists, you have the flexibility to
restore on-premise, as well. Best of all, the cost is no more than basic backup.
Enabled by the patented HotLink Transformation Engine™, HotLink DR Express integrates AWS with VMware vCenter to provide intuitive and automated AWS data protection site setup, maintenance, testing, recovery and management for protected VMs. Seamless interoperability ensures that downtime in a failure is limited to minutes rather than hours or days, and AWS workloads are managed side-by-side with on-premise vSphere workloads. No extra hardware is required since Amazon is your VMware mirror site.
- Extend vCenter to include comprehensive VM protection
- Restore operations in AWS in minutes
- Automate data protection site setup & maintenance
- Test & validate the data protection site easily
- Manage your data protection site with vCenter
- Recover VMs on-premise automatically
restored in AWS are fully manageable using your existing console.
Unified Operations & DR/BC Management
HotLink DR Express is the only plug-in to extend VMware vCenter capabilities to include robust data protection in AWS, so you can now afford DR/BC for all of your VMware workloads! HotLink enables native interoperability of AWS and VMware vCenter, so managing data protection is consistent with the VMware tools and processes used every day. Anytime you want to restore on-premise, VM migration is automatic.
Single Point of Management
With HotLink, you have one console to administer and manage daily operations plus your AWS data protection site — VMware vCenter. After a failure, protected workloads are restored in AWS and managed alongside on-premise VMs, so you don’t need to learn new tools or deal with fragmented management. When you want to restore on premise, the process is seamless. Recovery plans can be built in PowerCLI, Orchestrator or other VMware vCenter compatible tools.
Automated Setup & Maintenance
Effective data protection must be easy and intuitive. In one simple step, you select the VMs, templates or services you want to protect and indicate the frequency of updates, with up to 500 restore points per VM. Seeding protected VMs and ongoing differentials to AWS are automatic — no other processes or specialized tools are required.
Unified Hybrid Networking
HotLink CIMple™ SDN enables unified administration and management of on- and off-premise networking configurations using VMware vCenter. Though automated discovery and transformation of on-premise network configurations to AWS, hybrid DR networking complexity is eliminated, and consistency across application tiers is maintained. With pre-configured, automated network provisioning in AWS, VMware workloads can be accurately and automatically restored in Amazon EC2.
Easy Monitoring, Testing & Alerting
Because HotLink DR Express is fully integrated with VMware vCenter, monitoring and testing your AWS data protection site is highly intuitive. You can readily see the status of all protected VMs, and rapid and continuous data protection site testing ensures you have the environment you expect if a failure happens. Integrated alerts provide notification by email or text message when an event is triggered.
Restore Operations in AWS in Minutes
In a failure, HotLink enables seamless recovery in any AWS region or even multiple AWS regions — within minutes. Simply indicate which VMs to recover, and AWS instances are automatically built and launched in Amazon EC2. Since AWS workloads are managed in VMware vCenter together with on-premise VMs, operations continue as normal. At any time, you can restore AWS workloads to a compatible VMware environment, whether on-premise or at a service provider.
Migrate Back On-Premise When Ready
With HotLink DR Express, you have the flexibility to continue operations in AWS for any duration needed, with seamless management by VMware vCenter. Once on-premise resources are available, migration of AWS workloads is fully automated — whether you choose any restore point or the running workload at your AWS data protection site.
HotLink DR Express makes comprehensive data protection practical and accessible for any organization and every type of workload by leveraging the economics of AWS, the management infrastructure of VMware vCenter and the unique transformation technology of HotLink. While basic backup and replication may have been your only affordable data protection option in the past, you can now have full VMware recovery in minutes for the price of basic backup. It’s easy to install, VMware-intuitive to operate and requires no special skills to maintain.
As the only management plug-in that extends VMware vCenter administration and management capabilities to AWS, HotLink DR Express enables your Amazon mirror site to operate as a seamless extension to your existing on-premise resources with virtually unlimited capacity and very low, pay-as-you-go pricing.
Let us tell you more about HotLink DR Express and how it may be just the right answer to transform your virtual infrastructure into an integrated and complete data protection environment for no more than the cost of backup — using the VMware vCenter management you already have installed.