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 Technologies Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified engineers can help your business to design a sensible, non-stop IT architecture that addresses critical problems covering a wide array of infrastructure solutions and processes such as:

Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity engineers can help you create a workplace recovery strategy in order to restore network functionality in the event of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to build an affordable, fault-tolerant system architecture that addresses availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, see Disaster Recovery Consulting.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of vital data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, 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 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 such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help you to design a disaster recovery solution based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster Operating System 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 network-attached storage using commodity hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. To learn more, see Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Expertise.

Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant improvements that offer more scalability, better disk storage uptime for server applications, streamlined management, quicker failover, and more options for architecting clusters. For details, visit Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting and Support.

NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with replication to deliver rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery (DR) between sites located as far as 300km away from one another. Progent offers the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to plan, configure, administer, upgrade, test and repair a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster deployment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with procedures like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, arranging plexes layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your peered clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to prove adherence with industry standards and government requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering network load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery products such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and ACNS, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Colocation
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find high availability data centers that meet the specific requirements of your business. Fault tolerant colocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and convenience compared to taking a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to build an on-site data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too costly for typical small businesses. Progent can show you how to reap all the benefits of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a full range of consulting and support services. To read more, see Fault Tolerant Data Centers Expertise.

24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site network infrastructure professionals can help organizations achieve non-stop interoffice connections via redundant system architectures with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-qualified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office networks supported by non-stop EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To read more, go to Fault Tolerant Interoffice Networking.

High Availability Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-authorized network professionals can help you build an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE consultants to help you utilize the most advanced technology for 24x7 Internet connections to implement an economical, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet access. To learn more, visit Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.

Backup and Restore Technology Consulting and Support Services
Progent offers affordable remote access to IT engineers skilled in a broad array of utilities and technologies that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux servers and desktops plus laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide consulting support for leading backup platforms including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help you to implement, enhance, or maintain backup/restore solutions for a variety of topologies including on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. For details, go to Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting.

System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Recovery Consultants
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to create a practical disaster recovery plan, design an affordable high-availability IT architecture, deploy a System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, educate your IT personnel or local consultants how to maintain Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including off-site hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center facility. To find out more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.

Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud architectures and also supports cost-effective backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Headline features include industry-leading Augmented Inline Deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and vCenter for managing large-scale environments, and support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore system based on Altaro VM Backup software. To learn more, visit Altaro VM Backup Consulting.

Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools intended to deliver small companies a variety of cost-effective solutions for replicating and restoring business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take Software products into small company information networks to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly price. To find out more, see Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

CRISC-certified IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify a consultant's ability to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to help you to develop and carry out a business continuity strategy based on industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. For more information, visit CRISC-qualified network risk control 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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