VMware SRM Review

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

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

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

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

More around vSphere replication than SRM

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

VMware Tech Support is excellent.

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

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

How was the initial setup?

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

What about the implementation team?

I was working for the vendor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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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