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.
Additional Fault Tolerant Solutions Provided by Progent's Consultants
Progent's certified support professionals can assist you to create an efficient, zero-downtime system that resolves major challenges covering a wide array of networking solutions and operations such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery planning professionals can help you create a disaster recovery strategy so you can resume IT functionality in case of an information system disaster. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can also show you how to create an affordable, fault-tolerant system architecture that takes into account reliability issues covering a broad array of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Consulting Services.
Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables fast recovery of vital files, apps and virtual machines that have become lost or corrupted as a result of hardware breakdowns, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local device, or to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can deliver advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with government and industry regulatory requirements like HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, whenever needed, can help you to recover your critical information. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity hardware, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, go to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Help.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought enterprise-class fault tolerance and system recovery to Microsoft's clustering platform. Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and delivers significant enhancements that offer more expandability, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, simpler administration, quicker automatic failover, and additional options for architecting failover clusters. To find out more, visit Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Integration.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Technology
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites located up to 300km apart from each other. Progent offers access to a NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to plan, deploy, administer, update, test and repair a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with tasks like assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with information assurance standards and regulatory requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. 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 Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. For more information, visit Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you select high availability data centers that meet the specific needs of your business. Fault tolerant collocation sites are especially attractive to small and mid-size organizations due to of their low cost and simplified logistics in comparison to taking a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to design an in-house data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small businesses. Progent can show you how to get all the benefits of high-availability colo centers by providing a full range of consulting and support services. To read more, go to Non-stop Internet Data Centers Consulting.
High-Availability Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís branch office connectivity consultants can help businesses achieve zero-downtime interoffice connectivity solutions by means of redundant networks with transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can design and implement high-availability Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connections and transparent fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To learn more, visit Failsafe Inter-office Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet configuration architecture that can deliver non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad array of high availability Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to apply the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connections to build an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity Architecture.
Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting
Progent offers economical remote access to IT engineers with expertise in a wide array of utilities and services that provide solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and desktops as well as laptops and smartphones. Progent can provide help for all major backup products such as Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Backup, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can help your company to design, upgrade, or maintain data backup systems for a range of architectures such as on-premises, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or a mix. To read more, see Backup and Restore Technology Consulting.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can help you to develop an effective workplace recovery plan, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT architecture, configure a Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager-powered backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or regular consultants how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To learn more, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription-based backup/restore service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data produced on-premises, at one or multiple remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, 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 consultants offer a wide range of consulting services to help your business to plan, integrate, manage and repair a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For more information, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small businesses a dependable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-powered VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in on-premises, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted architectures and also enables cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Top capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup spacing as low as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective (RPO), military-grade encryption, granular recovery capability for individual files and emails, extensive support for Windows CSV and for VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a wide range of services to assist you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup. For more information, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup and Recovery
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools intended to provide small companies a range of affordable solutions for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning consultants have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take technology into small business information systems to achieve an advanced level of availability and business continuity capability at an affordable cost. To learn more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's ability to plan, deploy, and maintain IS controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and budgetary guidelines. To read more, go to CRISC-Premier IT risk mitigation specialists.
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.