VMware SRM Reviews
VMware SRM is the #6 ranked solution of our top Disaster Recovery (DR) Software tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Veeam Backup & Replication - VMware SRM vs Veeam Backup & Replication
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Jan 31 2020
Enables us to get a lot of server images successfully but it has connectivity issues with auto-recovery
What is most valuable?What I like the most about SRM is the delta sync. We typically approach a project from an architecture perspective and we do service grouping. For example, take a situation where we plan to do a migration. We decide to go with a setup where there is a front-end portal server, there are duplication servers and there is one back-end database server. This means there are four separate VMs each… more »
What needs improvement?I would say a lot could be changed to improve the product in terms of troubleshooting and supportability. I think about every two weeks, we had an incident somewhere in the software stack. There were problems that we faced with the vRA (vRealize Automation) multiple times. We had to fix the problem and redeploy it more than once to get it to work properly. Then we had to completely redo our… more »
What other advice do I have?On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate VMware SRM as about a five. I am not open to giving a positive recommendation as the product stands. It is a little generous to give it a five considering all the issues. This review focuses a lot on the weaknesses of the product. But we were actually able to use the solution to get quite a lot of server images… more »
Jan 16 2020
What is most valuable?What I like about VMware is its capability to schedule, write and configure the recovery and scheduled steps, such that you don't have to come in and start manually trying to recover the entire machine. You just push a button to recover the VMware and everything is done.
What needs improvement?What I think can be improved is the data replication aspect. For example, I know of another repetition solution called RP for VM. I don't really know how to use it since I've never used it before, but I've read about it. I know its features and I've spoken to some IT practitioners who have experience with RP for VM, who work with Dell EMC, and they gave me the feeling that RP for VM is better than… more »
What other advice do I have?My advice to people considering this solution is that they should just go ahead and get it. I think that is the best virtualization solution out there. Some people say Nutanix is better. I think VMware is the best. I would also advise making sure your virtual environment is well taken care of. I don't think there are any other challenges that you're going to have. It's necessary that when you see… more »
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Apr 02 2020
What do you think of VMware SRM?
What is our primary use case?We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients. The primary use is for disaster recovery. The customer has a principal data center where they have their production site and they use this solution to replicate it to a secondary site. In the event of a disaster, they have a full backup, which is the best use that I have seen.
What is most valuable?The most valuable features are the disaster recovery and testing.
What needs improvement?The interface is not easy to use and can be made more user-friendly.
For how long have I used the solution?I have been using VMware SRM for two years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?This is a stable solution. However, we have used older…
Apr 12 2020
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the simplicity of operations. You have two main buttons, where one is red and one is green. The red button is used for real disaster recovery and the green button is used if you want to simulate it. The interface is user-friendly. The storage replication adapter (SRA) is quite good because it allows SRM to work with storage arrays from any vendor.
What needs improvement?I would like to see a detailed history of the events for each site because I have found difficulty with that. The two vCenters have to be synchronized, which sometimes gives us problems because Keberos does not tolerate more than five minutes in time difference.
What other advice do I have?In the past, with version 6.0, there were two versions of SRM. There was a version for Windows as well as an appliance. However, all of our customers are now moving to the appliance. I recommend using this product because it integrates well with replication technology from any vendor using the SRA. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Aug 26 2020
Good automation with seamless failover saves us time, but it needs better granularity when used with array based replication software.
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the automation, where you press a button and everything fails over seamlessly. It is quite good.
What needs improvement?When used in conjunction with storage replication software it is not possible to separate and failover an individual VM. When the VMs are sitting on the same storage LUN, the granularity is not… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The cost of SRM is a little bit high, especially for smaller companies.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Prior to using VMware SRM, we were doing everything manually. Failover of VMs was done manually from promoting the replicated LUNs to read write and then bringing them up in the DR VMware environment… more »
What other advice do I have?In summary, this is a mature product that works very well. It is easy to set up. I like the fact that it has a bubble test feature that allows you to test your configurations without actually failing… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?Yes Veeam and RecoverPoint for VM
Dec 31 2019
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the integration with our Nutanix environment. If it didn't have this ability then we may not be using it.
What needs improvement?There are sometimes performance issues when working with outside links, and it would be better if this were improved. You need a lot of knowledge to work with the interface because it is not really easy to use, and it would be great if the… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?I don't think that there is another product that serves the purpose that this VMware SRM does. Integration is very important to me, to have the whole environment integrated together in one place. Because of this, I went straight to VMware.
What other advice do I have?I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?I did not evaluate other solutions.
Nov 19 2019
What is most valuable?The replication is the solution's most valuable feature. If we have some issues on the VM in the main site we can migrate it to another site automatically. The configuration assembly for the VMware is good.
What needs improvement?If you have a failover case, you need to work on it manually. It would be helpful if this could be automated. It would simplify things.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?You need a license for SRM. We have a permanent license. There aren't additional fees if you need access to support. However, you can upgrade to another support tier. If you like, you can pay extra for premium support.
What other advice do I have?We're using the on-premises deployment model. I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it ten out of ten.
Mar 09 2020
What do you think of VMware SRM?
What is our primary use case?We use this product primarily for our DR drills, which you can do quietly during office hours. Sometimes we use it for site migrations or planned outages.
What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is disaster recovery testing. The reports are very good.
What needs improvement?The configuration process could be improved.
For how long have I used the solution?I have been using VMware SRM for about five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?This is the most stable solution that I have seen. It is used on a daily basis, although we are only monitoring it intermittently. It monitors our critical workloads in the background.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is easy to scale VMware SRM. …
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What is VMware SRM?VMware Site Recovery Manager is the industry-leading solution to enable application availability and mobility across sites in private cloud environments. Site Recovery Manager allows: Fast and reliable IT disaster recovery, simple and policy-based management, zero-downtime application mobility, and up to 50% lower TCO.
Also known asVMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware SRM customersAcorda Therapeutics, Columbia Sportswear, Mainfreight, Nippon Express, Sin Chew Media, Fisher & Paykel, Siam City Bank