VMware and the Future of Storage and Availability

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From the early days of VMware, it became clear that dealing with storage in efficient and scalable ways were key requirements for the success of virtualization in enterprise environments. Indeed, the storage stack of ESXi, including VMFS, played a key role in the proliferation of virtualization in data centers, where data is stored and managed Read more...

SRM Protection Group Design Considerations

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When designing vCenter Site Recovery Manager environments the question of how to organize Protection Groups (PG) frequently comes up. In this post we’ll review what a protection group is, where it fits in the context of SRM and the factors to keep in mind when deciding how to organize them. What is a Protection Group? Read more...

SRM – Array Based Replication vs. vSphere Replication

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SRM supports two different replication technologies, Storage Array or Array-Based Replication and vSphere Replication. One of the key decisions when implementing SRM is which technology to use and for what VMs. The two technologies can be used together in an SRM environment though not to protect the same VM. Given that, what are the differences Read more...

SRM 6.0 is Now Generally Available – What’s New?

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Now that Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.0 is available for download, here is an overview of the latest features, additions and improvements: Improved interoperability with Storage DRS and Storage vMotion Simplified SSL certificate requirements Full integration with vSphere 6.0 IP customization enhancements Improved interoperability with SDRS and Storage vMotion In previous versions of SRM there Read more...

Automatic Backup of VMs Migrated by SRM

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A question came across my desk a few days ago around being able to automatically back up VMs that have been migrated by vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM). After a bit of thought, it seems this is fairly simple to solve. With SRM, I migrate VMs to a resource pool at my recovery site. Why Read more...

Automating Failover with SRM and PowerCLI

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Today we’ll take a look at running a recovery plan for SRM programatically, from the API via PowerCLI. In almost all scenarios, falling over in an automated fashion is a poor idea. There is a lot of risk associated with it and a lot of potential liability for failing over due to incorrect reasoning. Failing Read more...