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VMware is pleased to announce the integration of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s external storage arrays with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols). The partnership enables customers running the latest version of Site Recovery Manager, 8.3, to easily protect and efficiently manage their HPE vVols datastores using array-based replication and SRM.

“We’re excited to be one of the first to announce this partnership with VMware,” said Eric Siebert, Product Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Customers are constantly looking for ways to accelerate IT while maintaining storage performance, availability and resiliency. Our customers are increasingly adopting arrays with vVols to simplify storage operations and increase their agility. By simplifying DR/BC operations on our best of breed storage platforms, HPE enables our customers to easily protect data for their most vital applications, enabling them to focus on driving innovation for the business.”

VMware and HPE Partner for Simple, Efficient and Resilient External Storage

vVols is an integration and management framework that virtualizes SAN/NAS arrays, enabling a more efficient operational model that is optimized for virtualized environments and centered on the application instead of the infrastructure. vVols simplifies operations through policy-driven automation that enables more agile storage consumption for virtual machines and dynamic adjustments in real time, when they are needed. It simplifies the delivery of storage service levels to individual applications by providing finer control of hardware resources and native array-based data services that can be instantiated with virtual machine granularity.

HPE has been a long-time partner with VMware with the goal of simplifying storage operations, starting with vVols. HPE 3PAR was one of the first arrays to integrate vVols in order to eliminate tedious storage provisioning, apply precise delivery of service levels according VM requirements and avoid costly overprovisioning for their customers. HPE also added vVols support to Nimble storage early on. While Recently, vVols adoption has accelerated as customers look to improve their storage manageability and efficiency. HPE and VMware have continued to deliver innovative solutions, such as new delivery models like HPE GreenLake and solutions built around VMware Cloud Foundation.

As vVols adoption has grown, VMware heard loud and clear from adopters, including HPE customers, that the combination of SRM and vVols is critical and could provide virtual infrastructure administrators an efficient way to manage array-based replication with VMware’s storage policy-based management and easily orchestrate the recovery and migration of applications with SRM.

Site Recovery Manager Orchestrates vVols Replication and Recovery

With the latest release, SRM introduces protection and orchestration of vVols Replication Groups, which is the minimum unit of failover. vVols will protect VMs located on a vVol data store, associated with a vVols replication group policy, and different groups may have varying Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). All of these is managed via Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM), which allows for automatic replication and protection. To see which storage arrays support SRM and vVols, visit the hardware compatibility guide.

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