The cloud connect feature enables you to back up and restore copies of virtual machines and files to and from an on-premise cluster and a Nutanix Controller VM located on the Amazon Web Service (AWS) or Microsoft Azure cloud.
When a new cloud remote site is created, Nutanix will automatically spin up a single node Nutanix cluster in EC2 (currently m1.xlarge) or Azure Virtual Machines (currently D3) to be used as the endpoint.
The Cloud Connect feature enables you to back up and restore copies of virtual machines and files to and from an on-prem cluster and a Nutanix Controller VM on the Amazon Web Service (AWS) or Microsoft Azure cloud. The Nutanix Controller VM is created on an AWS or Azure cloud in a geographical region of your choice. It is a single-node cluster with a 30 terabyte (TB) disk attached to the node, with a usable disk capacity of 20 TB.
The following figure shows a logical representation of a “remote site” used for Cloud Connect:
Since a cloud based remote site is similar to any other Nutanix remote site, a cluster can replicate to multiple regions if higher availability is required
The same replication/retention policies are leveraged for data replicated using Cloud Connect. As data/snapshots become stale or expire, the cloud cluster will clean up data as necessary.
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