VMware SRM Scalability

reviewer1217421
Enterprise Architect at a consumer goods company with 11-50 employees
The product promises to be scalable. You can add multiple vRA's — as many as you want per what you want to do. But then again, you are bound by physical constraints. For example, if you want to have multiple vRA's with multiple targets, that does not work. They have to all be directed towards one individual target. It could be multiple data stores, but it still has to be directed to the same target. In one case, we wanted to extend to an additional target, so we initiated two targets. Of course, the targets had two different configurations, two different data stores, and so on. That will not work. So that is where scalability ends. We had to do a complete reconfiguration with new targets. Then push everything over to a new target, then destroy it again, and bring it back to the first. We have done that on a few occasions, back and forth, and it is quite a cumbersome process. It should not be the case. Again this particular case was kind of an advanced setup. But we also have tried some multiple vRA's with just one target. But even there we have encountered synchronization issues because they need to keep in sync, and it may not happen. Internal software synchronization issues amongst the vRA's paralyze the replications. There are some bugs in this functionality as well. We tried to patch them up using fixes provided from the VMware lab. Eventually, we ended up on version 6.5.1. Later on, those patches disappeared, apparently because VMware understood the patches did not fix the problems — or maybe created more. Because of all these issues, we are no longer using the product for the moment. This is because of all the problems and the fact that there is an ongoing license cost as well. I think at the peak we had 10 users. These were admins and engineers. I was using the product as a solutions design architect. But right now I would never use it unless it is for disaster recovery or rehearsal or something like that. The advice that I would give to other people who are looking into implementing this solution is that every software product comes with flaws. Products can evolve very rapidly. I think in our case that it was quite a good learning experience. It was a good learning experience for VMware as well — as they acknowledged. They said they would work on improvements in the various areas I brought up to them, and I liked that they will be making the effort. But if considering this product, I would also look at other compelling products, like Zerto, for example, or other replication tools like the Sun virtual platform. You could look at the ease-of-use of Nutanix. Their process for replication is very different compared to what SRM offers. But the ease-of-use comes with constraints. You do not always have the choice to have equal foundations for both source and target. Then there are backup solutions like Rubrik and Veeam. There are certainly alternatives out there that are categorically different product types with other ways to accomplish similar things. But a lot of what is potentially a viable choice depends on the use case. My recommendation would be to prepare carefully. Mimic your own live environment in testing as close as possible to the existing architecture with the vendor. Let the vendor prove that they are value-added resellers. Make sure you have tested in a representative set up at their facilities and can achieve what you are trying to achieve before going on to attempt to deploy and use it in your own environment. I do not think SRM is fully ready yet for a hybrid context where the workload is working across multiple clouds and on-premises. It is an evolving product. View full review »
ChukwuemekaOnyemelukwe
Infrastructure Administrator - Server, Storage & Virtualization at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I have not scaled it before so I am not able to give feedback on that. The environments we have deployed it on are enterprise environments, like the fashion wear industry, dotcom companies, and some other companies also. View full review »
reviewer1315926
Senior System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is difficult to judge scalability because I would have to understand the intent. It is not a scale-out solution. It is for site recovery. Our customers for VMware SRM are medium to large-sized companies. View full review »
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Mourad Koudir
Consultant-Instructor at Flexdata
VMware SRM is scalable. Most of our clients are in Morocco, and 80% of them are bigger companies with a lot of users. View full review »
SoheylNorozi
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I have no issues in mind with respect to scalability or flexibility. View full review »
MuathAlhwetat
SAN and UNIX Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is very scalable. View full review »
Cnslt2390
Solutions Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Scalability is bigger and better than the competitors. View full review »
Rakesh-Patel
Consultant at Ashtech Infotech (India) Pvt.Ltd.
It is easy to scale VMware SRM. View full review »
reviewer1261665
VMware Software Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The product is very scalable. View full review »
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