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 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 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.
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Workplace Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity professionals can help you design a disaster recovery plan so you can resume IT operations in case of an IT network disaster. Progent can help you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery assessments and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also help you build an affordable, high-availability network solution that addresses reliability issues covering a broad range of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To read more, go to Business Continuity Consulting Services.
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ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup processes and allows rapid restoration of vital files, apps and VMs that have become lost or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, as well as Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or mirrored to both. Progent's backup and recovery consultants can provide advanced support to set up ProSight DPS to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can assist you to restore your critical data. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can assist your organization to plan and deploy a DR system based on Microsoft's latest Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for crash-consistent Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using commodity equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and operational expenses, and Cloud Witness for easy, affordable deployment of a failover cluster quorum witness. To read more, visit Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Support.
Microsoft Server 2012 Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced world-class availability and system recovery to Microsoft's failover clustering platform. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 builds on this foundation and provides significant enhancements offering increased extensibility, better storage uptime for server applications, streamlined management, faster failover, and more options for architecting clusters. To learn more, go to Windows Server 2012 Clustering Migration and Support.
NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery platform that uses array-based storage clustering along with continual replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are as far as 300km away from one another. Progent can provide access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help your business to plan, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that aligns with your technical requirements and budget. Progent can ensure you follow best practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with procedures like assigning shelf IDs, determining aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, implementing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and verifying your disaster recovery system to show compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
Network Load Balancing
Progent offers fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Fault tolerant load balancing products for which Progent can provide consulting services include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Access Suite and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and ACNS, and F5 Networks BIG-IP. To find out more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Internet Data Centers
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Fault Tolerant Internet Connectivity
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Backup and Recovery Technology Consultants
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System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) Backup and Restore Consultants
Progent's expert System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can assist you to develop a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability IT architecture, configure a System Center Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly validate your system, train your IT staff or local consultants how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or provide extensive information technology outsourcing services such as remote hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's data center facility. To read more, visit Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Barracuda Backup Local, Offsite and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and mid-size businesses. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a purpose-built physical storage device manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable functionality but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects critical business data produced 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 AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consultants can provide a broad array of consulting support services to assist your business to plan, configure, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda Backup. For more information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting and management.
Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup software offers small and mid-size businesses a reliable and affordable solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be deployed in local, remote, distributed, and cloud-hosted environments and also enables cost-effective backup to Microsoft Azure Block Blob storage. Top features include industry-leading inline deduplication to cut backup storage needs, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with backup intervals as little as five minutes for reducing your exposure to data loss, advanced encryption, granular restore options for individual files and emails, support for Windows Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and VMware vCenter for managing large-scale deployments, and the ability to leverage Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to back up live virtual machines with zero downtime. Progent is an Altaro partner and offers a broad range of services to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a backup/restore solution based on Altaro VM Backup software. To find out more, go to Altaro VM Backup Consulting.
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Double-Take Software publishes a family of tools intended to deliver small businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for replicating and restoring business-critical workloads including Exchange Server, SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft SharePoint. Progentís disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience integrating Double-Take technology into small company IT networks to create a high state of fault tolerance and disaster recovery readiness at an affordable price. To learn more, go to Consulting for Double-Take Software for Backup.
CRISC-qualified IT Risk Control
The Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification program was established by ISACA in 2010 to validate an IT professional's ability to plan, deploy, and maintain information system control mechanisms to mitigate risk. Progent offers the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to assist your company to develop and execute a workplace continuity or disaster recovery strategy based on industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business goals, and IT budget. For more information, see CRISC-certified IT risk management specialists.
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