Welcome to Veeam Availability Orchestrator
Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) extends the functionality of Veeam Availability Suite to orchestrate disaster recovery (DR) processes in VMware vSphere environments and NetApp storage systems, to support one-click recovery for critical applications, and to provide rich features for documentation, testing and execution.
Veeam Availability Orchestrator is built on top of Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE, and this guide assumes that you have a good understanding of these solutions.
VAO leverages the backup, replication, failover and restore capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication to build DR workflows, to automate recovery processes and to eliminate error-prone manual steps. VAO also provides reporting capabilities that let enterprises document their DR plans to meet compliance requirements. With VAO, you can do the following:
- Orchestrate disaster recovery — create workflows to orchestrate recovery operations performed both for Veeam Backup & Replication backups and replicas, and for replicated storage snapshots created on NetApp storage systems.
- Automate DR testing — build test schedules to automate the verification of orchestration plans, with isolated and low-impact testing of VM backups, replicas, applications and storage snapshots.
- Meet DR compliance requirements — generate and automatically update documentation for DR procedures to eliminate the problem of outdated DR plans.
VAO can work with any NetApp SnapMirror snapshots, whether created with NetApp native tools or 3rd-party integration. However, it is recommended that you drive the creation and transfer of storage snapshots using Veeam Backup & Replication, as described in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Integration with Storage Systems.