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From the Bloggers Bench: Replication and Recovery – a Part of vSphere

Post by VMware Systems Engineer Mike Fegan. Mike provides step-by-step directions on how to setup, configure and start replicating VMs in the PDF below.

In my conversations with customers DR always comes up. For most customers, DR is a priority; however, a proper DR solution can be fiscally impossible. Good news! VMware can help.

One of the most exciting features included with vSphere 5.1 is vSphere Replication. That’s right, we now give you the ability to REPLICATE AND RECOVER your critical VM’s for FREE. Your search for a pricey, third party tool to handle this is done.   I’d like to share with you what I share with my customers about vSphere Replication.

Save Money and Save Your Data

In the past, establishing replication from one site to another was costly. Typically you would need identical SANs at each site leveraging the built-in replication of the storage appliance. This is an extremely pricey solution. When building out a DR site it is hard to justify the cost of a SAN that you’ll probably (hopefully) never have to use. This is especially difficult in the SMB market.

What is vSphere Replication?

vSphere replication is a host-based replication solution. vSphere Replication allows you to select on a per VM basis what you want to replicate. You need two sites, each with a vCenter server. You install the vSphere Replication appliance at each site. Once you have installed the appliance, you pair the two sites together. Once completed, you can establish replication for a VM in just a few mouse clicks.

How Do I Enable vSphere Replication?  

Replication becomes extremely simple once all of your critical workloads are running in a vSphere environment. In the following PDF I will show you how to setup, configure and start replicating your VMs in about an hour.

PDF – vSphere Replication – How to setup, configure and start replicating your VMs

That’s it! 

If you recall how difficult and cost-prohibitive a DR or BC solution looked like 10 years ago, it’s quite amazing that I can illustrate in a simple blog post how you can do this today at no additional cost! You simply download the appliance, import the appliance at each site, make the two sites aware of each other, and now you can selectively choose which VM’s you want to protect!

Now that you have enabled vSphere Replication, you can rest assured that your critical workloads are protected. In addition to protecting your VMs you can also leverage SRM to protect your entire View infrastructure, vCloudTM Director deployment or any other service you wouldn’t want to rebuild in a disaster.

While vSphere Replication is amazing, it’s not the only method to protect your data. In my next blog post I will show how to install and configure vCenter Data Protection, which is the new built-in back-up solution for vSphere environments.

Since you already own vSphere Replication, give it a try and let us know how it has simplified your DR strategy in the comments below.  What have you done in your IT environment to address DR?

Until we connect again,

Mike Fegan

Read more about vSphere Replication on the vSphere Blog – SRM 5.1 and vSphere Replication as a Standalone Feature

Get to know Mike – Read 10 Questions With…Mike Fegan


2 thoughts on “From the Bloggers Bench: Replication and Recovery – a Part of vSphere

  1. Azriphale

    Great article, thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to having a bash with it…
    But can you give us any idea of the all important bandwidth requirements for replication?


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