VMware SRM Review

The solution allows organizations to have a solid business continuity plan but some research needed for configuration

What is most valuable?

Integrated replication / recovery plan ease of use and creation.

Running Production out of DR site

How has it helped my organization?

This product allows organizations to have a solid BC business continuity plan in place in case of disaster. By running regularly scheduled simulated test fail overs a business can realistically plan accordingly and customize their DR strategy.

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the array replication or vm guest customization features. Perhaps more features are needed to allow

For recovering VMs in situations where replication on production site has been paused for (ie: 1 week or more)

For how long have I used the solution?

4 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Deployment is fairly straight forward but it still requires a good amount of VMware experience on the architecture side to properly deploy and scale.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues. Product is fairly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues. This product scales according to licenses purchased.

SRM 5.8 scales very well as compared to v5.5

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

VMware customer service is great.

Technical Support:

VMware technical support really delivers.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously used Netbackup and Avamar.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straight-forward but you need to really do some research on prerequisite environment config needed for this product to work as developed.

What about the implementation team?

It was implemented in-house and on-site in customer environments.

What was our ROI?

100% ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other options evaluated were EMC Avamar and Symantec Netbackup.

What other advice do I have?

You should aspire to be really well versed on supporting this product you need to have in-house engineers that are well rounded in the networking, storage and operational aspects of vSphere/vCenter/SRM. I would recommend getting hands-on training through a VMware a Partner before implementing this product in your environment.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChris Childerhose
ExpertTop 5Real User

I found implementation very straightforward and configuration as well. This is a great product and has helped us to further our DR strategy. Array based replication is great with our Nimbles.