VMware Site Recovery Manager ConsultantsVMware's popular Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to orchestrate, automate and test a consistent process for restoring services rapidly after an outage. SRM provides centrally managed and automated disaster recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site migration, failback and re-protect. SRM also allows non-disruptive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can generate audit reports to confirm complete service restoration, validate SLAs and prove compliance.

Site Recovery Manager works natively with VMware vSphere Replication, can be used with third-party disaster recovery solutions from leading storage vendors like NetApp, and integrates with Microsoft software products for advanced, application-aware data protection. SRM's support for automated, single-click orchestration of failover and failback processes allows you to minimize Recovery Time Objective (RTO). SRM's support for array-based synchronous replication enables zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO) at metro distances. Combined with VMware's NSX network virtualization platform, SRM can recover the entire logical network topology at the recovery site.

Progent can provide the support of a certified VMware VCDX consultant to help you plan, deploy, test and manage a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager and NSX. Progent's Microsoft-certified Windows Server 2016 consultants can help you set up SRM on Windows Server at the protected site and the recovery site and can also help you configure mission-critical applications by providing services such as Exchange Server 2016 migration and SQL Server 2016 integration consulting. Progent's Cisco CCIE consultants can help you design and deploy a robust network infrastructure for Site Recovery Manager, and Progent can provide a NetApp-certified SAN storage expert to help you integrate a NetApp clustered storage solution with SRM.

Key Features of VMware Site Recovery Manager
VMware Site Recovery Manager servers and VMware vCenter servers, running at the protected and recovery sites in conjunction with VMware vSphere and hosted by Microsoft Windows Server, work together to ensure that recovery virtual machines (VMs) are immediately and transparently started up when protected VMs are shut down. The virtual machines at the recovery site use the data replicated from the protected site and are therefore able to continue providing the same services.

SRM's migration of data and services between the protected and recovery sites is controlled by a recovery plan, an automated runbook that defines the order in which VMs are shut down and started up, their allocated resource pools, and the networks the VMs can access. You can configure multiple recovery plans to orchestrate recovery scenarios for specific applications or to handle entire sites. You can centrally manage VMware SRM recovery plans via the vSphere Web Client.

In addition to providing a strong disaster recovery solution to protect against unplanned downtime, VMware SRM also allows non-disruptive execution of planned processes such as disaster avoidance in anticipation of a major storm, moving a datacenter to a new location, testing upgrades and patches, testing a recovery plan to demonstrate compliance, and failback/re-protect after a partial or complete site shutdown. If your protected and recovery sites have a high-bandwidth, low-latency connection within a metro area, you can use array-based storage and synchronous replication with zero data loss (RPO) and rapid recovery time (RTO).

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VMware Site Recovery Manager can eliminate planned downtime and data loss

Site Recovery Manager can be configured in a variety of topologies to support different failover scenarios. In an Active-Passive configuration, a production site runs applications and services and a fully-provisioned secondary site waits unused until it is needed for recovery. This traditional topology is quickly falling out of favor because of its low utilization of IT resources. In an Active-Active topology, less urgent workloads such as testing or development are run at the secondary site until the recovery plan calls for them to be shut down to make room for critical workloads following outage. This allows the recovery site to stay productive. In a Bi-directional deployment, production workloads can be run at two sites which Site Recovery Manager will use as mutual protection and recovery sites. If either sites fails, SRM will activate its workloads on the surviving site.

VMware Site Recovery Manager also supports stretched storage clusters that span protected and recovery sites. Stretched clusters allow you to migrate workloads between two geographically proximate sites to balance services without downtime. This combination of technologies delivers the disaster recovery orchestration, automation, and audit reporting capability of SRM plus the ability of stretched clusters to enable fully active datacenters with on-demand, non-disruptive workload balancing.

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VMware Site Recovery Manager supports multiple topologies including stretched clusters

Additional topologies supported by VMware Site Recovery Manager include shared recovery, where multiple remote sites such as branch offices are protected by the same recovery site, and shared protection, where a single site fails over some applications and VMs to one recovery site and others to one or more other recovery sites. All of the various architectural alternatives for deploying a disaster recovery solution based on VMware SRM have inherent advantages and problems and range in complexity from simple to very challenging. Progent can provide the support of an VMware VCDX-certified expert who can clarify the issues, recommend a topology that fits your organization's technical requirements and IT budget, and provide as-needed guidance and support to help you implement and manage your disaster recovery solution.

Combining Site Recovery Manager and VMware NSX
Because the IP address of a running virtual machine cannot be altered without incurring some downtime, protected sites and recovery sites supported by VMware Site Recovery Manager must have L2 network connectivity to achieve the fastest possible failover time. One way to accomplish this is through VMware's NSX network virtualization platform. The network virtualization provided with VMware NSX makes it possible to preserve L2 and recover the entire logical network topology at the recovery site. NSX also supports APIs for automating recovery at the network layer to optimize RPO and RTO. By combining NSX with a disaster recovery solution based on VMware Site Recovery Manager, you can streamline the recovery of critical networking services at the secondary site including logical switches, distributed logical routers, and distributed firewall (DFW) policies.

For seamless spanning of network and security policies across multiple sites you can use an external replication/synchronization technology like vRO (vRealize Orchestrator, formerly called vCenter Orchestrator), or you can use the Cross-VC feature of VMware NSX. Cross vCenter NSX simplifies the process of deploying Universal Logical Switches, Universal Distributed Logical Router, and Universal Distributed Firewall to create a single unified logical network (L2, L3, DFW) across the protected and recovery site. This permits rapid failover and recovery without requiring you to re-create the network on the recovery site or manually map and remap IP addresses.

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Combining VMware SRM with NSX and Cross vCenter NSX can dramatically improve RPO and RTO

Progent can provide the services of a VMware-certified NSX expert to help you integrate VMware Site Recovery Manager with VMware NSX and to configure a disaster recovery solution automated by vRO or Cross vCenter NSX.

How Progent Can Help You with VMware Site Recovery Manager
Progent can provide online or onsite access to a VMware VCDX-certified subject matter expert with world-class knowledge and experience deploying and configuring VMware Site Recovery Manager and VMware's NSX network virtualization platform for disaster recovery and business continuity. Progent offers expert understanding of VMware vCloud Director (vCD), VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) and vCloud Suite used for managing private and hybrid cloud environments that feature high availability, fault tolerance, and application continuity. Progent has expertise with VMware vSAN native-vSphere storage, EMC VNX and VMAX storage systems, Dell EqualLogic storage arrays, NetApp's SAN storage product family, plus storage solutions from Pure Storage and Tintri. Progent also offers advanced consulting for underlying storage technologies including RAID, JBOD, ZFS, VMFS, Fibre Channel (FC), NFS, and iSCSI plus key network technologies including TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, LACP, OSPF, and BGP.

Progent's VCDX-certified VMware Site Recovery Manager and NSX subject matter expert has worked with datacenter architects, network engineers and department directors of some of the world's largest technology companies, major financial institutions, and government agencies to design solutions to improve disaster recovery RPO and RTO. Experience with large-scale projects includes working in environments scaling above 1500 ESXi hosts and 45,000 virtual machines.

Other Zero-Downtime Technologies Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified consulting experts can help your business to implement a sensible, fault-tolerant system that addresses major problems encompassing a broad range of networking technologies and operations such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can show you how to design a business continuity strategy in order to resume IT functionality in the event of an information system catastrophe. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, non-stop network architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To find out more, visit Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid recovery of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can deliver world-class expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever necessary, can assist you to recover your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and delivers important new and enhanced features that offer increased expandability, better storage uptime for server applications, easier management, faster failover, and additional options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting Services.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent can provide access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your functional needs and budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster DR system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. High availability load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, go to Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you identify high availability data centers that match the specific requirements of your company. High availability co-location sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to build an in-house data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small businesses. Progent can show you how to reap all the benefits of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a complete array of engineering and maintenance services. To learn more, see Non-stop Data Centers Consulting.

High-Availability Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connection professionals can help businesses achieve zero-downtime inter-site connections through fully redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement high-availability Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. For more information, go to Non-stop Interoffice Networking.

24x7 Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT consultants can help you create an affordable, fault tolerant Internet configuration architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a broad range of high availability Internet access technologies including fault tolerant BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to help you apply the most up-to-date technology for 24x7 Internet connectivity to build an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet connections. To learn more, visit 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting
Progent offers affordable online support from IT engineers skilled in a broad array of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent offers help for all major backup platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help you to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore solutions for a range of environments such as local, remote, cloud, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting and Support Services
Progent's certified Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, comprehensively test your system, educate your administrative staff or regular service providers how to manage SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing such as remote hosting of Microsoft SCDPM machines in Progent's secure data center. For more information, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards vital company data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting services to help your business to plan, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system built on Barracuda Backup. For additional information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software provides small and mid-size businesses a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, support for Windows CSV and for vCenter for handling larger deployments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide array of consulting services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.

Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools intended to provide small businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering vital workloads such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company information networks to create an advanced state of availability and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly price. To learn more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.

CRISC-qualified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's ability to design, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to create and carry out a workplace continuity strategy that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. For more information, visit CRISC-qualified IT risk management experts.

Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
For more information about Progent's consulting services for VMware Site Recovery Manager, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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