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 2016 migration, SQL Server 2017 migration consulting, 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's Consultants
Progent's certified engineers can assist your company to build an affordable, non-stop system that addresses key problems encompassing a broad array of networking solutions and operations such as:
Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's disaster recovery consultants can help you create a business continuity strategy that will allow you to resume IT operations in case of an information network catastrophe. Progent can help you to define a complete disaster recovery strategy that incorporates scheduled disaster recovery assessments and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also help you build an affordable, fault-tolerant network solution that addresses availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and processes. For more information, visit Workplace Recovery Consulting and Support Services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services
ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end service for secure backup/disaster recovery. Available at a fixed monthly price, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast recovery of vital data, applications and VMs that have become lost or damaged as a result of component failures, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's BDR consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your business-critical data. Learn more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can assist your organization to design a disaster recovery system built around Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools such as Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss recovery, Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class network-attached storage using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while minimizing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. For details, visit Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 brought world-class availability and recoverability to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 adds to this foundation and provides significant improvements that offer more extensibility, non-stop disk storage availability for server applications, easier management, faster failover, and more options for designing failover clusters. To learn more, see Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clustering Consulting and Support.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines failover storage clustering with synchronous replication to provide fast, zero data loss disaster recovery between datacenters that are as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent offers the skills of a certified NetApp MetroCluster consultant who can help you to design, configure, manage, update, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery solution built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can help you to choose a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster environment by delivering guidance with tasks like assigning disk pools, determining aggregate and plexes layout, provisioning FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, provisioning switches, implementing a tiebreaker, designing a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery solution to show adherence with information assurance standards and government requirements.
Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses system load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing technologies for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Engine and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To learn more, see High Availability Load Balancing.
Non-stop Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center engineers can help you find zero-downtime data centers that match the particular requirements of your business. High availability Internet Data Centers are especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses due to of their affordability and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Trying to design an on-site data center that offers even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small organizations. Progent can help you get all the benefits of high-availability Internet data centers by offering a full array of engineering and support services. For more information, go to Non-stop Colocation Expertise.
Non-stop Interoffice Connectivity
Progentís inter-site connection consultants can help companies create zero-downtime interoffice connectivity by means of redundant networks featuring transparent failover. Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can plan and implement ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on fault tolerant EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how multi-path connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable non-stop interoffice connectivity. To read more, see Non-stop Inter-office Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT experts can show you how to create an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can achieve 24x7 Internet connectivity via a wide range of fault tolerant Internet access solutions including non-stop BGP, automatic fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent offers CCIE engineers to show you how to apply the latest technology for high availability Internet access to build a cost-effective, fully redundant Internet network with automatic failover and other features to deliver zero-downtime Internet availability. To learn more, see 24x7 Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting
Progent offers affordable online support from engineers with expertise in a wide range of products 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 offers expertise for all major backup platforms including Acronis Backup and Recovery, Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware Data Recovery, and FLARs. Progent can help your company to design, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a variety of topologies such as local, edge to datacenter, cloud-based, or hybrid. To read more, see Backup and Recovery Solutions Consulting Services.
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Recovery Consulting
Progent's certified Microsoft SCDPM support professionals can assist you to develop an effective workplace recovery plan, implement a cost-effective fault-tolerante IT infrastructure, configure a SCDPM-powered backup and restore solution, thoroughly validate your DPM system, educate your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing services such as off-site housing of System Center Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center facility. For details, see Microsoft SCDPM Expertise.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is an affordable, subscription backup and disaster recovery service for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup solution can incorporate a custom-designed hardware storage device built by Barracuda or a software-based appliance with similar functionality but which uses your existing storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital business data generated locally, at one or more 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 site with a Barracuda appliance. Progent is a certified Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a wide array of consulting services to help your business to plan, configure, operate and troubleshoot a BDR solution built on Barracuda technology. For details, go to Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines. Altaro VM Backup can be used for local, remote, distributed, and cloud architectures and also enables low-cost backup to Azure storage. Headline capabilities include state-of-the-art Augmented Inline Deduplication to reduce backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as short as five minutes for minimizing your exposure to data loss, military-grade encryption, granular recovery capability for individual files and emails, support for Windows Server CSV and for VMware vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and support for Microsoft VSS technology to back up online virtual machines without downtime. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and can provide a wide range of consulting services to help you to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot a backup and disaster recovery system powered by Altaro VM Backup software. For more information, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup
Double-Take publishes a family of tools designed to deliver small businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for replicating and recovering business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL, RIM Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning consultants have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take products into small company information systems to create a high level of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at a budget-friendly price. To find out more, visit Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.
CRISC-certified IT Risk Mitigation
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, implement, and support information system controls to reduce network risk. Progent can provide the expertise of a CRISC-certified engineer to assist your company to create and execute a business continuity or disaster recovery plan that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to align with your organization's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. To find out more, visit CRISC-certified network risk mitigation experts.
Contact Progent for Help with VMware SRM Disaster Recovery Solutions
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