Recovery Testing and SRM pt 2 – Alternatives

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  The previous post in this series discussed the recovery plan test process built into SRM. In this post I’ll talk about some alternative methods of testing SRM recovery plans as well as recommendations around SRM and testing. SRM has a robust method of testing the operation of a recovery plan non-disruptively. However, for some customers and Read more...

vSAN and SRM RPO and RTO

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A question came up recently from a customer that went like this: “I am looking for an active/active configuration for disaster avoidance and disaster recovery with a recovery time objective of 0 minutes and a recovery point objective of 0 minutes. Is this something I can achieve with VMware vSAN and/or Site Recovery Manager (SRM)?” Read more...

NetApp SRA 4.0 for Site Recovery Manager

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The other day I saw NetApp announced a new Storage Replication Adapter for VMware Site Recovery Manager so I reached out to my NetApp buddy Chris Gebhardt for more details. Chris shared the following information so I thought I would pass it along. By Chris Gebhardt, Principal Technical Marketing Engineer at NetApp For those who may Read more...

OVF Choices When Deploying vSphere Replication 6.5

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VMware vSphere Replication 6.5 is the latest version of vSphere Replication (VR) released with vSphere 6.5, vCenter Server 6.5, and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.5. VR is a host-based virtual machine (VM) replication solution that works with nearly any storage type supported by vSphere. VR is deployed as a virtual appliance using an Open Virtualization Read more...

How fast can you recover 1000 VMs with SRM?

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To answer the question in the title, very fast. Here is a 2 minute video I recently recorded showing SRM recovering 1000 VMs in less than 26 minutes. This was done with SRM 6.5, vSphere Replication 6.5 and vSAN 6.5. It isn’t so much to show what results you will achieve, rather what vSphere, vSAN, vCenter, Read more...

SRM SPPG Resources

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Storage Policy-Based Protection Groups (SPPGs) are a very helpful to Site Recovery Manager and I wrote a detailed post about them here. Just as a quick reminder of what they are, SPPGs make the protection of VMs and datastores simple and dynamic. Need to protect a VM? Associate it with a storage policy and place it onto Read more...

Recovery Testing and SRM

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The ability to non-disruptively test a recovery plan is one of the most powerful features of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Frequent testing reduces risk by reducing drift between plans and desired behavior. It also provides the confidence that if a disaster strikes you are ready, knowing how SRM and your applications will respond.   Read more...

Looking Back at VMworld 2016 Europe!

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Another year, another VMworld – and what an event this year’s Europe show was! A few things were announced during VMworld, including the latest versions of vSphere, vSAN, Site Recovery Manager, and Virtual Volumes. Take a look below at each product announced, as well as some of the key updates:   vSphere 6.5 VMworld 2016 Read more...

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 28: VMworld EMEA

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VMworld 2016 EMEA was packed with announcements around cross-cloud architecture with new releases of vSphere, vSAN, vRealize, and PowerCLI to name a few. The best part about this is there were enough announcements to fill our podcast schedule for the rest of year. This week we bring in VMware’s Frank Denneman to help us recap VMworld 2016 Read more...