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 2022 integration professionals, 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).
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.
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.
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.
Fault Tolerant Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's certified consulting experts can assist you to design an efficient, zero-downtime system that resolves major problems covering a broad range of networking solutions and processes including:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery engineers can help you design a workplace recovery plan that will allow you to resume network operations in case of an information network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to define a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized professionals can also help you create an affordable, non-stop system solution that takes into account reliability issues involving a broad range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Expertise.
CRISC-Certified IT Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA to verify an IT professional's skills to design, deploy, and support IS control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to develop and execute a business continuity plan that follows industry best practices promoted by CRISC and crafted to match your organization's risk tolerance, business goals, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-Certified network risk mitigation experts.
Microsoft Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 incorporated important improvements in capacity, throughput, manageability, cybersecurity, application compatibility, Linux co-existence, container networking, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud assets. Headline enhancements of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for unifying the management and monitoring of hybrid local/cloud-hosted deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of advance predictive analytics to manage on-premises environments, Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for creating and managing large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from outdated versions of Windows Server. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering Expertise.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery solution 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 crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using low-cost hardware, VM Load Balancing for enhancing the speed and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable creation of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For details, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Consulting.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery software suite that uses array-based storage clustering with continual replication to deliver fast, zero RPO disaster recovery between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart. Progent can provide online or on-premises access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can assist you to plan, deploy, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your functional needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you follow best practices for installing your MetroCluster solution by providing help with tasks like assigning disk pools and shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a TCP/IP configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and testing your MetroCluster DR solution to show adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, network infrastructure routing, and content dispatching technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Fault tolerant load balancing technologies for which Progent offers consulting services include Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can help you identify fault-tolerant data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. High availability colocation sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size organizations because of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to create an on-site data center with even a minimum degree of fault tolerance is too expensive for the majority of small businesses. Progent can help you reap all the benefits of 24x7 colocation facilities by offering a complete range of engineering and support services. For details, go to Fault Tolerant Colocation Consulting.
24x7 Interoffice Networking
Progent's branch office connection consultants can help companies achieve non-stop inter-site connectivity via redundant networks with transparent failover. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by fault tolerant EIGRP routers or zero-downtime OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how redundant connectivity and automatic fail-over offers economical 24x7 interoffice networking. To read more, see Failsafe Interoffice Networking.
Fault Tolerant Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-authorized network consultants can help you design an economical, high availability Internet connection architecture that can achieve non-stop Internet connectivity via a broad array of high availability Internet network technologies including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant ISPs. Progent offers Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert engineers to show you how to utilize the latest technology for high availability Internet connections to create an economical, completely redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other capabilities to deliver zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, visit High Availability Internet Connectivity Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting and Support Services
Progent can provide economical online support from consultants with expertise in a wide array of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations as well as notebooks and handhelds. Progent can provide consulting support for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take Software, MozyPro, Retrospect, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent can assist your company to implement, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a range of architectures including on-premises, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For details, visit Backup and Recovery Technology Consulting and Support Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consultants can help your company to create a practical disaster recovery plan, implement a cost-effective high-availability IT infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-based backup and recovery solution, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or local consultants how to maintain SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including off-site housing of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, see Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup/restore service for small and medium-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can incorporate a purpose-built hardware appliance built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated on-premises, at one or more remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a wide range of consulting services to assist your business to plan, integrate, operate and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
ProSight DPS Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud environments and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Azure Block Blob storage. Altaro VM Backup includes high-end features like Immutable Cloud Storage for enhanced recoverability from ransomware. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of remote or onsite services to assist you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a modern backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup, Progent offers a fully managed backup/recovery service based on Altaro VM Backup. For more information, see Altaro VM Backup certified consultants.
ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup Services for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 offers rudimentary archiving but does not include native support for vital data protection capabilities like Exchange Online backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time data recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup (previously branded Altaro O365 Backup) provides a feature-rich BDR solution for programmable backup and rapid restoration of all your organization's M365 mail, Microsoft Teams Chats, SharePoint documents, OneDrive data, and content on Windows desktops and laptops. Progent is an authorized Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and offers ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) 365 Total Backup to provide end-to-end management services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup product. ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup provides a budget-friendly backup-as-a-service solution that protects M365 components against data loss resulting from human or system mistakes, malicious deletion, and malware assaults like ransomware. For details, see ProSight DPS 365 Total Backup services for Microsoft 365.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO from Progent offer small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for secure backup/disaster recovery. For a low monthly cost, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup processes and enable rapid recovery of critical files, applications and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged due to component breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup specialists can provide advanced expertise to set up ProSight DPS ECHO to be compliant with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore your business-critical information. Learn more about ProSight DPS ECHO managed backup.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can help your company to design, implement and troubleshoot a backup/restore plan based on MSP360 software. MSP360 enables file or image-based backup/recovery for VMs and physical machines, supports all popular public clouds, and permits you to create a backup solution with a low Recovery Time Objective and a defined Recovery Point Objective. With ProSight DPS 360 Backup, Progent offers comprehensive monitoring and management of your backup system to protect against data loss resulting from human mistakes, computer glitches, ill-intentioned insiders, and malware attacks like ransomware. For more information, see ProSight DPS 360 Backup solutions.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools intended to deliver small companies a range of affordable solutions for backing up and recovering vital applications including Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent's disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds integrating Double-Take technology into small business information networks to achieve a high level of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly price. To find out more, go to Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Backup.
Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning Solutions?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and offers professional application support for a wide variety of business software programs, Progent is able to assist clients to find efficient IT solutions that maximize the productivity of your network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the support of premier engineers and specialists with experience in designing, implementing and supporting infrastructure solutions based on Cisco products. The breadth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's familiarity with the requirements of small and midsize companies make Progent a great resource for creating and running a cost-effective, fault-tolerant network.
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