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 High Availability Technologies Offered by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified support professionals can assist your business to design an efficient, high-availability network that addresses critical challenges encompassing a broad array of networking technologies and operations such as:

Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to design a disaster recovery plan so you can restore network 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 evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, non-stop system solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To read more, see Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly rate, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows fast recovery of critical data, applications and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced support to configure ProSight DPS to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance network-attached storage using industry-standard equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features that offer more extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, quicker failover, and additional flexibility for architecting failover clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses failover storage clustering with replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters located up to 300km apart from each other. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering help with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining plexes layout, setting up volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, designing a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to verify adherence with information assurance standards and government requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers high availability load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.

Non-stop Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select zero-downtime data centers that meet the particular needs of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are particularly attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an on-site data center that offers even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for the majority of small businesses. Progent is ready to help you reap all the benefits of non-stop colo centers by providing a full array of engineering and support services. To find out more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Consulting.

Non-stop Inter-office Networking
Progentís multi-site network infrastructure professionals can help businesses create zero-downtime multi-site connectivity by means of redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office networks based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide economical 24x7 interoffice networking. For details, see Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking.

24x7 Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-authorized network professionals can help you build an affordable, fault tolerant Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide array of fault tolerant Internet access technologies including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to help you utilize the most advanced technology for high availability Internet connections to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other capabilities to create fault tolerant Internet connections. To learn more, see 24x7 Internet Connectivity Solutions.

Backup and Restore Technology Consulting Experts
Progent can provide economical remote support from IT engineers with expertise in a broad range of products and technologies that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and desktops plus laptops and handhelds. Progent offers expertise for all major backup products including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Oracle Solaris FLARs. Progent can help your company to deploy, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a variety of topologies such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. For details, go to Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting.

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can assist your company to create an effective business continuity plan, design an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, install a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your DPM system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including remote hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's data center. For more information, visit Microsoft SCDPM Expertise.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup safeguards critical business data produced on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a broad range of consulting services to assist your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda technology. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also supports low-cost cloud backup to Azure storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, item-level recovery capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for handling larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up online VMs with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of services to assist you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system based on Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools intended to provide small and midsize companies a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring vital applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business information networks to create an advanced level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery capability at a budget-friendly price. For more information, visit Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Mitigation
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's skills to plan, deploy, and support information system control mechanisms to reduce network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist you to develop and carry out a business continuity plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and geared to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. To learn more, visit CRISC-certified IT risk mitigation specialists.

Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
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