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 Zero-Downtime Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified consulting experts can assist your business to create an affordable, zero-downtime network that addresses critical challenges encompassing a wide array of networking technologies and operations such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can help you create a business continuity plan in order to restore IT functionality in case of an IT system disaster. Progent can help you to create a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Expertise.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and medium-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and allows rapid restoration of critical files, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery specialists can provide world-class support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help your organization to plan and deploy a DR solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies 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 low-cost hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.

Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this technology and provides significant new and enhanced features offering more scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, simpler administration, faster automatic failover, and additional flexibility for designing clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Migration and Support.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 300km away from one another. Progent offers online or on-premises access to a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to design, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, determining plexes layout, setting up FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network, and verifying your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to verify compliance with industry standards and regulatory mandates.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To find out more, see Non-stop Load Balancing.

Zero Downtime Colocation
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you select high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your company. Fault tolerant Internet Data Centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to design an on-site data center that offers even a basic level of fault tolerance is too costly for typical small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the benefits of 24x7 colo sites by offering a full array of consulting and support services. For details, go to Non-stop Data Centers Expertise.

Failsafe Branch Office Connectivity
Progentís inter-site network infrastructure consultants can help organizations achieve fault tolerant multi-site connections via redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office networks based on zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. For more information, see High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.

Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can show you how to create an economical, fault tolerant Internet configuration solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access through a broad range of high availability Internet network technologies including fault tolerant BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to help you apply the latest technology for 24x7 Internet connections to build an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create non-stop Internet connections. To learn more, go to High Availability Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide economical remote access to IT engineers skilled in a wide array of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for all major data protection platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to deploy, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup solutions for a variety of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. For more information, go to Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help your company to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery system, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your IT personnel or local consultants how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as remote hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's world-class data center. To learn more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.

Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar features but which utilizes your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data produced locally, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants offer a broad range of consulting support services to help your business to design, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size businesses a dependable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as little as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, granular restore capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server Cluster Shared Volumes and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up online VMs without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a wide range of consulting services to assist you to design, deploy, optimize and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.

Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software publishes a selection of tools intended to provide small businesses a range of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical workloads such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have extensive backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software technology into small company IT networks to create an advanced level of availability and business continuity readiness at a budget-friendly cost. To learn more, see Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified Network Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA to validate a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to create and execute a workplace continuity strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, go to CRISC-qualified network risk control specialists.

Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
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