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.

Additional Fault Tolerant Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can help your business to create a cost-effective, fault-tolerant system that addresses key issues encompassing a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes including:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you design a workplace recovery plan so you can restore IT operations in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide array of network technologies and processes. For more information, go to Disaster Recovery Consulting and Support Services.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, as well as Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can deliver advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can help you to restore your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.

Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, go to Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class fault tolerance and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant enhancements offering more expandability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, streamlined administration, quicker automatic failover, and more options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist your business to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster DR solution to prove compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content dispatching products including Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For more information, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

High-Availability Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you find high availability data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are particularly appealing to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an in-house data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small companies. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability Internet data centers by offering a full range of consulting and support services. For more information, go to High-Availability Data Centers Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure consultants can help businesses achieve zero-downtime branch office connections through redundant networks with automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and automatic fail-over can provide economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. For details, see 24x7 Inter-office Connectivity.

High Availability Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can show you how to create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a wide range of high availability Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to show you how to apply the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connectivity to create an economical, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet access. For more information, go to Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent can provide affordable online support from IT engineers with expertise in a wide range of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and desktops as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup platforms including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent can assist you to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a range of topologies including local, remote, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, install a Microsoft SCDPM-based recovery solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, train your administrative staff or local consultants how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing including off-site hosting of SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, visit Microsoft SCDPM Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable functionality but which utilizes your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data generated locally, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to assist you to design, configure, operate and repair a BDR system built on Barracuda technology. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup provides small businesses a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud architectures and also supports low-cost backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Headline features include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as low as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective, military-grade encryption, granular recovery capability for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and vCenter for managing larger deployments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and offers a wide array of consulting services to assist you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To learn more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting Services.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools designed to provide small businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for replicating and recovering business-critical applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take technology into small business information systems to create a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at an affordable price. For details, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-qualified Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA to verify a consultant's skills to plan, implement, and support information system control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to develop and execute a workplace continuity strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-qualified network risk mitigation specialists.

Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
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