Gajus - Fotolia
Hyper-converged vendors are performing disaster recovery in a variety of ways. The first thing that comes to mind is that Microsoft Hyper-V has a replication feature (VMware also has its own take on replication).
The Hyper-V replication feature allows a standby copy of a production virtual machine (VM) to be created on another Hyper-V server. The replication engine keeps this standby VM synchronized with the primary VM copy. In the event of a disaster, it's possible to fail over to the replica, which can exist on a remote hyper-converged system. Incidentally, Hyper-V replication is probably best known for replicating VMs from one standalone Hyper-V server to another, but the feature can be used to replicate a clustered VM to a remote cluster.
There are also hyper-converged vendors that offer their own built-in disaster recovery capabilities. For instance, some vendors allow you to configure an active-active deployment in which a remote office acts as an online recovery site for the production site.
Some hyper-converged vendors support active-passive disaster recovery. The exact way in which this architecture is implemented varies from one vendor to another, but the basic idea is that the recovery site remains dormant until it is needed. The recovery site might be a remote data center, third-party host or even a public cloud provider.
In case you are wondering how active-active differs from active-passive, it really varies from one vendor to another. For some, active-active means that active workloads can be running in both sites (think load balancing) and either site can fail over to the other, resulting in a single site hosting all of the workloads until the problem is resolved. In an active-passive architecture, only a single site is actively running workloads. The remote site remains dormant until it is needed. Again, actual capabilities vary from one hyper-converged vendor to another.
Hyper-converged features not a replacement for DR
The advantages ofhyper-converged cloud storage
Converged or hyper-converged systems?
Dig Deeper on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Management
Related Q&A from Brien Posey
Some older file formats continue to find life in the enterprise decades after they were developed for their versatility -- in certain situations. Continue Reading
VMware's new Virtual Volumes allow virtual machines and applications to be better allocated to storage. The feature is now available in beta. Continue Reading
The intelligent data management platform helps organizations get more out of their data. Explore why this trend has taken off and three best ... Continue Reading