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 Gold-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 Non-stop Technologies Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco consulting experts can assist your company to design an affordable, fault-tolerant system that addresses major issues covering a broad array of networking solutions and processes such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you design a business continuity plan that will allow you to restore network functionality in case of an information system disaster. Progent can help you to define a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified consultants can also show you how to create an affordable, non-stop network solution that takes into account reliability issues covering a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For details, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.

Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates your backup activities and allows fast recovery of vital data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. To read more, see Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Support.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides important enhancements that offer more scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, easier administration, quicker automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing clusters. To find out more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration and Support.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering with replication to provide fast, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 185 miles apart from each other. Progent offers access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to design, deploy, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your DR system to show compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology including Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit High Availability Load Balancing.

Non-stop Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select high availability data centers that match the specific needs of your company. High availability co-location sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small businesses. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a complete range of engineering and support services. To learn more, visit High-Availability Colocation Consulting.

24x7 Branch Office Networking
Progentís inter-site connection engineers can help businesses achieve zero-downtime interoffice connectivity solutions through redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers economical non-stop interoffice connectivity. For details, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.

Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized IT professionals can show you how to create an economical, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network technologies including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to show you how to utilize the most up-to-date techniques for fault tolerant Internet access to create an affordable, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet access. To read more, go to 24x7 Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consultants
Progent can provide affordable remote support from engineers with expertise in a broad array of utilities and services that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations plus notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for leading data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to install, upgrade, or maintain backup systems for a range of topologies including local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a Microsoft SCDPM-powered recovery solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or local service providers how to maintain SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing such as remote housing of SCDPM servers in Progent's data center. For details, visit Microsoft SCDPM Expertise.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a selection of tools intended to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical applications including Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have extensive experience integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information systems to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Management
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's skills to design, deploy, and support IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and carry out a workplace continuity or disaster recovery plan based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your organization's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. To read more, visit CRISC-certified IT risk control experts.

Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
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