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 Solutions Supported by Progent
Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified engineers can help your company to build an affordable, non-stop IT architecture that resolves critical problems covering a wide array of networking solutions and operations such as:
Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can help you design a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to restore network functionality in the event of an IT network disaster. Progent can assist you to create a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that includes periodic disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you create an affordable, zero-downtime system solution that takes into account availability issues involving a wide array of network technologies and procedures. To read more, see Workplace Recovery Consulting.
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 reliable backup/disaster recovery. Available at a low monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of critical files, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human error, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical 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 support to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory standards like HIPAA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can help you to restore your critical information. Read 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 your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using industry-standard equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for easy, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clusters
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering solution. Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and delivers important enhancements that offer more scalability, non-stop storage uptime for server applications, simpler management, quicker failover, and more options for designing failover clusters. For details, see Windows Server 2012 Clustering Consulting Services.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Platform
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines array-based storage clustering with continual replication to deliver fast, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between sites that are as far as 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers access to 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 choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can ensure you follow leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by providing guidance with tasks such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery solution to prove adherence with industry standards and regulatory mandates.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network backbone routing, and content dispatching technology such as Cisco Content Engine. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Presentation Server, Cisco CSS, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Load Balancing.
Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center consultants can show you how to identify high availability data centers that match the specific needs of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are particularly appealing to small and mid-size companies due to of their affordability and simplified logistics in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Trying to build an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to reap all the benefits of 24x7 colocation facilities by providing a full range of engineering and maintenance services. To learn more, see Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers Solutions.
Fault Tolerant Inter-office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection professionals can help businesses create non-stop multi-site connectivity via fully redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or zero-downtime OSPF configurations of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connectivity and automatic fail-over can provide affordable non-stop interoffice networking. To find out more, visit High-Availability Inter-office Connectivity.
Non-stop Internet Access
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can help you create an affordable, high availability Internet connection solution that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a broad range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions 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 techniques for high availability Internet access to build an economical, fully redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. To find out more, go to High Availability Internet Access Solutions.
Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting
Progent offers economical remote support from consultants with expertise in a broad range of utilities and services that provide solutions for backing up Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide help for all major backup platforms including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Software, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery (VDR), and Solaris FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist your company to implement, enhance, or maintain data backup solutions for a variety of architectures such as local, remote, cloud, or hybrid. For more information, visit Backup and Restore Solutions Expertise.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consulting
Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can assist you to create an effective disaster recovery plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-powered backup and recovery system, thoroughly validate your system, educate your IT personnel or regular service providers how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing services such as off-site hosting of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center. For details, go to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting and Support Services.
Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore platform for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your own storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical company data generated on-premises, at one or multiple remote sites, or in the cloud. For disaster recovery, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a physical or virtual Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad range of consulting services to assist you to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda Backup. For details, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consultants.
Altaro VM Backup Software for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small organizations a reliable and budget-friendly platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-powered virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, remote, multi-site, and cloud environments and also enables low-cost cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Headline features include state-of-the-art inline deduplication to reduce backup storage requirements, Continuous Data Protection with backup spacing as short as five minutes for minimizing your Recovery Point Objective, advanced encryption, item-level restore capability for specific files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for managing larger environments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up live virtual machines without downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of services to assist you to design, install, optimize and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For details, see Altaro VM Backup Certified Consultants.
Consulting Services Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take offers a selection of products designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of cost-effective alternatives for backing up and restoring business-critical applications such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth backgrounds incorporating Double-Take products into small business information networks to achieve a high level of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly price. For more information, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Management
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's ability to design, implement, and maintain information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist you to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on 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-Premier network risk management 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.