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AWS CloudEndure Price Cut: Replicate Your Heart Out
AWS has cut the cost of its CloudEndure disaster recovery service by 80%. CloudEndure was acquired by Amazon in 2019 and provides continuous, asynchronous, block-level replication of physical, virtual, or cloud-based VMs to a staging area in the AWS cloud. Most modern enterprise Windows and Linux operating systems can leverage CloudEndure for replication.
- The cost of the replication service now runs to 2.8 cents per server hour, or roughly $20 per server per month.
- In addition to the per-server fee, customers will have to pay for a staging area in AWS to store replicated resources as well as the cost of resources on AWS when they fire up their disaster recovery (DR) site.
- With the cut, CloudEndure sits at a similar price point to Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery, which offers a similar service for around $20/month (replication to customer-owned sites) or $32/month (replication to Azure cloud).
Source: Select the Optimal Disaster Recovery Deployment Model, Info-Tech Research Group.
AWS and Azure are once again tactically cutting costs to grab market share, and their customers continue to benefit. Consider CloudEndure when you’re designing solutions for cloud-based disaster recovery.
That said, the block-level replication provided by CloudEndure isn’t itself a disaster recovery plan. You still need to:
- Conduct a business impact analysis to identify workload criticality tiers.
- Know your recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) so you can provision DR resources that are in line with business needs.
- Confirm that your workloads can run in a DR environment.
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