Enterprises rely on SAP software solutions to analyze, integrate, and automate business-critical processes. As such, most organizations require that SAP workloads such as SAP CRM, SAP ERP, and SAP S/4HANA be protected by a disaster recovery plan with stringent recovery objectives – so that these workloads sustain minimum downtime and data loss.

There are different approaches to disaster recovery. Traditional on-premises to on-premises disaster recovery approaches for protecting SAP workloads require duplication of infrastructure, operating systems (OS), SAP software, and SAP database logs, as well as other third-party applications, rendering it a highly expensive IT project. In addition to incurring high costs, this approach has another disadvantage: it can replicate only database log files – sufficient for recovering the SAP environment – but not system and application files and configuration, which is critical to recovering the entire machine and application state.

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables a more modern approach to protecting your SAP workloads: cloud-based disaster recovery into AWS. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery not only leverages AWS to significantly reduce disaster recovery infrastructure costs, it also enables rapid recovery of the SAP environment and the entire machine state by replicating database, application, and system files. This means that operations can continue smoothly with fully functioning workloads. In cases where uninterrupted business continuity is critical, this difference means that you can affordably achieve recovery times of minutes, rather than hours or days. 

Features

  • Support of all SAP applications, including SAP CRM, SAP ERP, and SAP S/4HANA
  • Block-level, continuous replication of SAP applications, including the OS and all databases
  • Support of geographically remote target AWS Regions
  • Automated machine conversion and application stack orchestration, including recovery order support
  • Quick, non-disruptive installation
  • Support for raw device mapping (RDM) disks
  • Web-based control with centralized management console
  • Automated disaster recovery drills without performance impact
  • Simple failover and failback

Benefits

  • One disaster recovery solution for all SAP applications, third-party software, and OS
  • Significant savings on disaster recovery TCO
  • RPO of seconds and RTO of minutes
  • Increased reliability and high tolerance for network instability
  • Point-in-time recovery for data corruption or cyber attacks
  • Support of all source infrastructure, including on-premises physical and virtual infrastructure, public clouds, and other AWS Regions
  • Enterprise-grade security

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery architecture

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery reduces disaster recovery costs by maintaining continuous, asynchronous replication into a low-cost staging area located in your target AWS account and preferred Region. This reduces compute costs by 95% and eliminates the need to pay for duplicate OS and third-party application licenses. In the event of a disaster, use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery to trigger an automated large-scale orchestration and machine conversion process to launch your operational SAP workloads on AWS. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables recovery point objectives (RPOs) of seconds and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of minutes for all SAP workloads. You can deploy CloudEndure Disaster Recovery from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based source.

DR Architecture for SAP Applications

Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables you to significantly reduce your disaster recovery TCO compared to traditional disaster recovery solutions. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is more cost-efficient than most legacy replication tools, and enables recovery for the entire OS, including all of its applications. This means that you can use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery for all of your enterprise workloads in addition to your SAP applications.

Infrastructure — When you use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery, there is no need to pay for duplicate hardware, compute, networking, or software for a target site. A block-level, continuously replicating version of all your data is kept up to date on AWS, utilizing low-cost storage and lightweight compute. The fully provisioned recovery environment, with right sized compute and higher-performance storage required to run the application, is only used during a disaster or drill.

OS & third-party software licenses — In order for most disaster recovery solutions to provide robust protection and recovery of SAP applications, you need to purchase duplicate OS and third-party software licenses to run SAP applications in your standby site. You don’t need to purchase duplicate OS or third-party software licenses when you use CloudEndure Disaster Recovery. Your SAP application and all other server data are kept in sync in a low-cost staging area in your preferred AWS Region, and is not running any licensed OS or application. In the event of a disaster or drill, you can launch your OS and third-party applications on demand and they will run natively on AWS. You only pay for what you use during the disaster period. In other words, you get robust resilience with RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes at the cost of a cold standby solution.

Increase reliability

Geographic redundancy — Best practice for disaster recovery is to use a target site that is located in a different geographic region than the source environment. Short distances between source and target sites can be problematic from a regulatory perspective. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables the use of a target site in a remote geographic location while still performing continuous data replication with minimal RPOs and RTOs. You can implement geographic redundancy between on-premises and AWS, across different AWS Regions, and between a different cloud provider and AWS.

High tolerance for network instability — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is designed to keep data in sync, asynchronously, over long distances, regardless of database write rates or network conditions. In contrast, legacy replication products are designed to be used within a data center with low network latencies and are not designed to protect data across long distances. If you have a write-intensive system, your tolerance for network interruptions is very low.

Replicate any application from any source infrastructure

Any application — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery replicates and recovers all SAP applications running on AWS-supported OS. In addition, CloudEndure Disaster Recovery natively supports replication of other applications, including third-party software, legacy applications, homegrown applications, OS, and common applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SharePoint.

Any source — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery provides equally efficient replication and recovery for all SAP applications running on x86-based Windows and Linux OS versions. This includes SAP applications running on any physical, virtual, or cloud-based infrastructure.

Block-level replication — CloudEndure Disaster Recovery utilizes block-level replication rather than taking snapshots or writing data to disk. This is what enables data integrity for SAP applications as well as their OS and all surrounding applications.

Perform automated disaster recovery testing

Easy implementation — A strong disaster recovery strategy must include the capability for frequent testing. However, many organizations avoid launching frequent drills due to the overhead needed to do so, or concerns that testing or a failed drill will disrupt their production environment or even cause data loss. CloudEndure Disaster Recovery enables unlimited, automated disaster recovery testing for all of your SAP applications. This reduces time-intensive manual processes such as log shipping, which can take days.

Non-disruptive testing — You can quickly and easily conduct frequent, non-disruptive drills that launch SAP applications and all other workloads in your target AWS Region without impacting your source environment. All changes that take place in your source environment during tests are saved and replicated.

Enable data integrity

Point-in-time recovery – This functionality enables failover to earlier versions of replicated servers, which is particularly important for cyber attacks or IT environment corruptions where the most current version of system data has been compromised.

Enterprise-grade security – CloudEndure Disaster Recovery is ISO 27001 compliant, and enables the highest level of security standards by using AES 256-bit data encryption both in transit and at rest. Replication traffic is transmitted directly from your source servers to your target AWS Region, and can be restricted to your private networks for better security, speed, and control.

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