VMware'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 2019 integration experts and 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 2019 planning and configuration consulting, Exchange Server 2016 migration, SQL Server 2019 migration consulting, SQL Server 2017 upgrade expertise, 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).
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.
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.
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 Provided by Progent's Experts
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco engineers can assist your company to implement an efficient, high-availability information network that resolves key issues encompassing a wide array of networking technologies and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning consultants can show you how to create a disaster recovery plan in order to restore network operations in case of an information network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also help you create an affordable, non-stop network architecture that takes into account availability issues covering a wide range of network technologies and procedures. To learn more, visit Business Continuity Consulting and Support Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables fast restoration of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted as a result of component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight Data Protection Services to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Find out more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist you to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's cloud-tested 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 high-performance storage clusters using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, see Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced enterprise-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers significant new and enhanced features offering more extensibility, non-stop disk storage uptime for server applications, easier management, faster failover, and more options for architecting failover clusters. For details, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that uses failover storage clustering with continual replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between sites located as far as 185 miles away from one another. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can assist your business to design, configure, administer, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster deployment that aligns with your technical needs and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by delivering guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your DR solution to verify adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting covering network load balancing, load balanced programs, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Zero Downtime Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you select high availability data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. High availability off-site data centers are especially appealing to small and mid-size organizations due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to create an in-house data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is financially prohibitive for typical small organizations. Progent can show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability data centers by providing a complete array of engineering and maintenance services. For details, go to High-Availability Data Centers Solutions.
24x7 Inter-office Connectivity
Progentís multi-site connectivity professionals can help organizations achieve fault tolerant interoffice connectivity solutions by means of redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on zero-downtime EIGRP routers or non-stop OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. For more information, visit High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network professionals can help you design an economical, high availability Internet connection solution that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including non-stop BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE professionals to show you how to utilize the most advanced techniques for high availability Internet connections to implement an affordable, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver fault tolerant Internet connections. For details, see Non-stop Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting Experts
Progent offers economical online access to consultants skilled in a broad range of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major data protection platforms including Acronis, Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot backup/restore systems for a range of architectures such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services.
System Center Data Protection Manager Data Recovery Consulting Services
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager support professionals can help you to create an effective workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable fault-tolerante IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft SCDPM-powered backup and restore system, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT staff or regular consultants how to maintain System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing such as remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's secure data center facility. To read more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Multi-site and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can include a purpose-built hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated locally, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad range of consulting services to help you to design, integrate, manage and troubleshoot a BDR solution based on Barracuda Backup. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, offsite, distributed, and cloud architectures and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to cut backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup intervals as short as five minutes for reducing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), advanced encryption, granular restore options for specific files and emails, extensive support for Windows Server CSV and for vCenter for handling larger deployments, 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 range of services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To read more, go to Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup
Double-Take Software offers a family of tools intended to deliver small businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring vital workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software technology into small company IT networks to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at an affordable cost. To learn more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-Premier IT Risk Mitigation
The CRISC program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's ability to design, deploy, and maintain IS controls to mitigate network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to develop and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your company's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, go to CRISC-Premier IT risk management 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.