VMware SRM Review

You avoid costly and time consuming DR recovery tests but vSphere needs additional scalability for smaller sites

Valuable Features

Key feature for me is the ability to test recovery plans with zero impact to the production running environment, this is key for 'what-if’ type analysis and to provide confidence that the platform can be recovered with minimal intervention.

Improvements to My Organization

Organisations that have implemented SRM in my experience have confidence that their mission critical systems will be recovered within the given SLA in the event of a planned or unplanned availability event. This avoids costly and time consuming DR recovery tests which are also often unrepresentative of the real scenario.

Room for Improvement

Smaller sites or sites with mixed storage platforms rely on vSphere replication for DR purposes so additional scalability in this tool would benefit from this.

Use of Solution

I have designed and implemented 3 solutions with this product over the last 3 years.

Deployment Issues

No issues

Stability Issues

More around vSphere replication than SRM

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

VMware Tech Support is excellent.

Previous Solutions

For VMware environments there is no other option for integrated/automated DR other than 'roll your own.'

Initial Setup

SRM setup is straight forward, SRA (storage integration) can be more complex depending on the array in question.

Implementation Team

I was working for the vendor.

Other Solutions Considered

Consider your storage design and replication policy first and as always make sure you review VMware documentation and HCL for compatibility.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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