New Site Recovery Manager 6.1: NSX Integration, zero-downtime, policy based management and more

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VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) has firmly established itself as the premier tool to empower users to build, manage, and execute reliable Disaster Recovery (DR) plans for their virtual environments. Our team reveals how the latest enhancements to SRM extend those capabilities even further.

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SRM Air brings broad DR protection to the cloud

It provides self-service management, centralized recovery plans, and automated orchestration to test DR plans, failover and failback.

VMware vCenter SRM 6.1 enables automation of DR to help meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), reduce the expense traditionally associated with business continuity plans, and achieve low-risk and predictable results for many different scenarios for recovery of virtual environments. It simplifies the creation, maintenance, and non-disruptive testing of DR plans without the need for manual runbooks. Collectively, these add up to significant operational efficiencies.

The entire vCenter SRM 6.1 platform was transformed in the following three ways:

1. Integration with NSX
This enables automated networking and security mapping of cross-vCenter logical switches, as well as the ability to stretch layer 2 over layer 3 for a stretched storage topology that encompasses multiple data centers.

2. Zero-downtime application mobility
In today’s world, application mobility is essential. SRM’s support for metro-distance stretched storage includes EMC VPLEX, IBM SVC and many other storage platforms. In addition, orchestrated cross-vCenter vMotion facilitates scalable, zero-downtime app mobility.

3. Policy based management
Wide reaching policy management is a vital ingredient of any DR solution that must span between data centers to provide comprehensive protection. Therefore, SRM now offers new protection groups using vSphere SPBM’s storage profiles. This also enables integration with vRealize Automation.

With so many IT infrastructures straddling more than one data center, VMware vCenter SRM now delivers a very high level of protection, accompanied by ease of use. Its integration with the entire VMware ecosystem, including the latest upgrade to VMware vCenter NSX 6.2, establishes a firm DR foundation for the entire software defined data center. SRM’s scalability, self-service policy-based provisioning, simplified operations and subnet-level IP address mapping dramatically reduce the time required to define, create and activate a recovery plan.

VMware SRM Air 3.0 addresses global demand for compute services

According to IDC, $70 billion will be spent this year on public cloud services worldwide, with private cloud expected to add at least $20 billion to that total. It is noteworthy that the biggest planned use case for the private cloud is DR and backup, which is also the third biggest use case for the public cloud.

In other words, it is no longer possible to develop DR plans that only encompass the internal IT environment. User site recovery requirements now extend beyond the data center to include cloud protection.

Forrester Research studies highlight that 42% of companies already use some sort of outsourced DR service. These, and many other businesses, either feel they lack the in-house expertise to run their own DR programs, or that they are just spending too much on DR without adequately safeguarding the enterprise. As a result, DR as a Service (DRaaS) has suddenly become a hot area of the cloud. VMware SRM AIR for DRaaS 3.0 offers monthly on-demand consumption and per VM pricing. Furthermore, hybrid cloud N:N topologies enable site to site and site to cloud DR…Coming soon is cloud-to-cloud functionality.

The SRM Air platform is integrated into the subscription for vCloud Air DRaaS. SRM Air provides self-service management, centralized recovery plans, and automated orchestration to test DR plans, failover and failback. It also ensures simple, fast, and reliable recovery of VMs protected by the vCloud Air DRaaS service.

VMware to make it even easier to manage VMs

VMware vCloud Air is a hybrid cloud platform based on VMware vSphere that enables seamless movement of VMs between the cloud and on-premise data centers directly from a user’s vCenter Server console. VMware has announced that they will be implementing advanced networking services through NSX integration within the vCloud Air environment that will make it even easier to manage VMs in the cloud, providing expanded network and security scaling. As a result, up to 200 virtual network interfaces can be managed per VDC (compare to nine in the previous version of vCloud Air). Additionally, new enhancements to vCloud Air’sDRaaS offering makes it much simpler to orchestrate DR in the cloud – no longer is it necessary for the administrator to have extensive knowledge of vCenter Orchestrator.

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About Drew Robb

Drew Robb is a freelance writer from Los Angeles specializing in technology and engineering. He has a degree in geology from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is also the author of Server Management for Windows Systems by CRC Press and has written hundreds of articles for publications like Computerworld, Network World and Information Week.