Deep-dive into Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Test Drive!

  • 9 June 2020
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Deep-dive into Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Test Drive!
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This post was authored by Lakshana Rajendran and Laura Jordana, Technical Marketing Engineers

A little over a month ago, we launched Nutanix Test Drive 2.1 (TD 2.1) to showcase easy-to-use, no-install Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) enabled by Nutanix Xi Leap. Xi Leap is natively integrated with AOS and Prism and utilizes the Nutanix Cloud, a subscription-based public cloud services platform, and features guaranteed SLAs. Read this blog post to see what you can do with the initial Test Drive coverage of Xi Leap.

Today, we are pleased to inform you that these capabilities are enhanced with a new and improved Xi Leap deep dive (TD 2.1.6). A deep-dive lab allows you to explore selected topics further with an easy-to-follow guided tour. Read on to see what cool things you can do with the DRaaS Test Drive now!

Deep-dive into Disaster Recovery as a Service

Get started by navigating to our Xi Leap Test Drive site.

You’ll receive an email with a link for direct access to your environment. When you log in, you will be presented with a welcome message and a guided tour description for the Xi Leap deep dive modules;

  • Cluster Pairing
  • Creating Categories
  • Updating a Protection Policy
  • Updating a Recovery Plan
  • Exploring Xi Cloud Portal
  • Performing a Failover
  • Failing Back

Cluster Pairing

The source cluster and the Nutanix Cloud Availability Zone must be paired in order to replicate VMs. In this module, you will verify the status of connectivity between the local and paired Availability Zone.

Creating Categories

Assign VMs to Categories. In this module, you will explore Categories, where you will learn about the parameters that form a category and will assign a category to an entity.

Updating a Protection Policy

Protection Policies are used to configure key DR metrics, such as RPO and RTO. They are synchronized between datacenters whenever they are created, updated, and/or deleted. You will get a closer look at Protection Policies and gain hands-on experience configuring them.

Updating a Recovery Plan

Recovery Plans orchestrate the recovery of protected VMs by controlling the boot order, network mappings, and boot delays to ensure graceful application recovery. In this module, you will delve into the Recovery Plan configuration and update existing plans.

Exploring Nutanix Cloud Portal

Nutanix Cloud Services is a native cloud extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Protected VMs are brought online in the Nutanix Cloud in the event of a site failure. You will explore the Nutanix Cloud Services dashboard widgets that display the status of protection policies and recovery plans. You will perform a failover at the end of this task.

Failing Back

A Recovery Plan behaves the same way in both directions. Performing a failback is identical to performing a failover. You will execute a failback operation to the physical availability zone.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you want to start over, feel free to ‘X’ out of the current step and click on Quick Links at the bottom and select Welcome to Xi Leap Deep Dive.
  • On the Nutanix Cloud Portal, you can return to Prism Central at any time by clicking on Return to On-Prem Prism Central from the Quick Links menu in that interface.


Other Features of Test Drive

Read about the other features of Test Drive by checking out our latest blogs!

Join the Community

Be sure to join the conversation at our Community Forums!

To learn more about Xi Leap, please visit our Xi Leap page.

We are continuing to expand the experiences offered in Nutanix Test Drive, so stay tuned for what’s to come! Check it out now at!

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