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Announcing VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Integration with Pure Storage Arrays with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols)

VMware is pleased to announce the integration of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with Pure Storage’s FlashArray portfolio with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols). The partnership enables customers running the latest version of SRM, 8.3, to easily protect and efficiently manage their Pure Storage vVols datastores using array-based replication and SRM.

“We’re excited to be one of the first to announce this partnership with VMware,” said Calvin Nieh, FlashArray Product Solutions Marketing Manager at Pure Storage. “Our customers are looking to gain a competitive advantage by having the most performant infrastructure for Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2applications that is also effortless to use. Our customers are increasingly adopting vVols to accelerate agility and reduce time spent on routine storage tasks. By simplifying BC/DR operations on our industry leading all-flash storage platform, Pure delivers a modern data experience for the critical business workloads.”

VMware and Pure Storage Partnership for Highly Performant, Simple-to-Use External Storage

vVols is an integration and management framework that virtualizes SAN 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.

As a VMware Advanced Technology Alliance Partner, Pure’s goal in collaboration with VMware is to deliver a best-in-class storage experience, including integration with vVols. Pure Storage was one of the first 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. Recently, vVols adoption has accelerated as customers look to improve their storage manageability and efficiency.

As vVols adoption has grown, VMware heard loud and clear from adopters, including Pure Storage 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.

SRM Orchestrates vVols Replication and Recovery

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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 are 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 VMware hardware compatibility guide.

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